The Human Costs of Factory Farming

Most Americans know that factory farming is a nightmare for animals and our environment, but too often we forget that the people who work within these industries suffer as well. To remain employed, workers are forced to slaughter and process animals at dangerously fast rates.[note]Karen Olsson, “The Shame of Meatpacking,” The Nation, September [...] Read More

Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch

Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch is a unique network of heritage poultry farmers that includes the nation’s preeminent expert on heritage poultry, Farm Forward Board Member Frank Reese. In 2009, with the pro bono assistance of Farm Forward Consulting, Good Shepherd was able to expand its production beyond turkeys to include chickens. Frank is [...] Read More

Fair Food for a Fair Price

Today, chickens that grow at roughly three times the rate of the chickens our grandparents ate account for more than 99 percent of the chicken meat sold in the United States. The quality of chicken meat has suffered and chicken welfare has paid a terrible price. As consumers have grown more conscious about [...] Read More

Change is Coming: Revolutionary Animal Welfare Announcement for Factory Farmed Chickens

In an effort to increase transparency, Perdue Foods, one of the largest poultry producers in the U.S., has announced revolutionary animal welfare standards that will impact more than 600 million birds per year. Most importantly, this plan recognizes what Farm Forward has been saying for over a decade: chicken genetics are the key [...] Read More

Making Farmers Part of the Solution

Can the very people who raise and kill animals for consumption also defend them against the abuses of factory farming? Not everyone agrees, but at Farm Forward our answer has always been an emphatic “Yes!” Our unique approach is helping to create a united front where farmers, consumers, and animal advocates work synergistically [...] Read More

In Landmark Announcement, Largest Welfare Certification Addresses Genetic Health

In yet another sign that sweeping change is afoot within the poultry industry, today the nation’s leading farmed animal welfare certification, Global Animal Partnership (GAP), announced a landmark pledge to phase out by 2024 the fastest-growing strains of chickens, which currently account for more than 99 percent of chicken meat sold in the [...] Read More

Factory Farming is Bad for Investors, Too

Factory Farm

Everyone knows that factory farming is bad for animals, humans, and the environment. Now, with our help, a growing number of financial institutions are realizing that it's bad for investors, too. With input from Farm Forward, a groundbreaking new report calls into question the wisdom of investing in industrialized animal agriculture. Published by [...] Read More

Eat Well. Do Good.

Over the past four years we’ve worked with poultry farmers and animal welfare experts to build a cutting-edge resource for consumers seeking higher-welfare poultry products and plant-based alternatives. These efforts have culminated in the launch of BuyingPoultry, our free online guide that not only shows you which products are best and worst nationally [...] Read More

The Future of Food

Hampton Creek Foods eggs

American entrepreneurship has changed the world more than once and will play a key role in defeating the factory farm. Farm Forward spoke to executives from two companies (Hampton Creek Foods and Beyond Meat) that recently turned the head of Bill Gates. These compassionate companies are using technology to create “cleaner food” with [...] Read More

Unilever Victory

**Update in March 2016** In June 2014, we launched BuyingMayo.com to raise awareness about a widespread but little-known form of cruelty within the egg industry: the killing of male chicks who are deemed worthless for egg production. Since only female chickens lay eggs, the egg industry doesn’t have any use for the male [...] Read More

Reinventing the Poultry Industry

**Updated in March 2016** What the Hummer is to fuel efficiency, poultry is to animal welfare. No other farmed animal in the U.S. endures more suffering. As it stands, birds raised for meat have absolutely no protection under the law. The Humane Methods of Slaughter Act is the only piece of federal legislation [...] Read More

Why Farm Forward Matters

**Updated in December 2015** Farm Forward is the only national organization dedicated solely to ending factory farming. Since our inception in 2007, we’ve set ourselves apart by acknowledging the need for a shift toward plant-based diets while simultaneously fostering the work of higher-welfare farmers like heritage poultry expert Frank Reese. Working closely with farmers has informed [...] Read More