USDA to Expand High-Speed Pig Slaughter Program

Farm Forward is proud to join a diverse coalition of more than 35 consumer, labor, environmental, public health, animal protection and civil rights organizations opposing USDA’s expansion of a high-speed hog slaughter program. We need your help—sign the petition below! If passed, the “Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection” rule will revoke maximum slaughter [...] Read More

Demanding Accountability in Animal Agriculture

In early December, residents of Millsboro, Delaware—home to Mountaire Farms’ chicken processing plant—began receiving free bottled water from Mountaire due to contaminated local water wells. The Mountaire plant had sprayed, on nearby farmland, hundreds of gallons of effluent saturated with up to 41 times the legally permitted levels for nitrates and up to [...] Read More

Farm Forward Joins Coalition in Opposition to Trump’s Nomination for Secretary of Labor

Farm Forward believes that a sustainable and just food system is one that treats animals and humans with dignity. We’re facing a new administration whose agricultural advisory committee will include outspoken opponents of wage reform and animal welfare policies. That’s why it’s more important than ever that we approach our advocacy in strategic [...] Read More

Leaders of the Good Food Movement

Updated October 25,2017: Farm Forward has taken a leading role in creating the revised animal welfare standards for the Good Food Purchasing Policy (GFPP). This month version 2.0 (V2) of GFPP standards were released publicly. The new standards reflect important changes that include: All participating institutions must meet a higher baseline of welfare. [...] Read More

University of California Commits to Purchasing Certified Higher-Welfare Eggs

The University of California (UC) system recently announced that eight of its ten schools will now purchase eggs from certified higher-welfare farms. Eggology—a company that sells Certified Humane cage free eggs—will supply these schools with all of their liquid eggs. The UC is the first major university system to make such a significant [...] 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

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

Farm Forward Joins Federal Lawsuit Targeting NC Ag-Gag Law

Gestation Crates Pigs

For immediate release: February 25, 2016 Updated July 20, 2016: Earlier this month in an attempt to fight an Ag-gag lawsuit, North Carolina’s Attorney General and the Chancellor of the University of North Carolina opposed the filing of an Amicus Brief by a coalition of plaintiffs including Farm Forward. They are attempting to [...] Read More

Taking Factory Farms Out of Higher Ed

An increasing number of institutions are joining consumers in seeking out food choices that align with their values.[note] Animal Welfare Institute, “Consumer Perceptions of Farm Animal Welfare,” accessed August 24, 2015, available here[/note] College students and dining service administrators alike want to make sure that the products being served in their cafeterias are [...] Read More

Spotlight on Poultry Welfare

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 that offers protection to [...] Read More

What Is Hybrid Poultry?

You’ve heard about genetically modified soy and corn, but genetically hybrid chickens? In the United States, virtually all the chickens and turkeys raised for meat or eggs—including those labeled natural, organic, and free-range—are from hybridized birds. “The poultry industry has hidden the problems stemming from hybrid genetics from public view more effectively than [...] Read More

The Veganist

Bestselling author, “veganist,” and friend of Farm Forward, Kathy Freston is undoubtedly one of the most important and influential public advocates for dietary change in America. In the hands of this articulate, savvy, and stylish spokesperson, low-and-no meat diets that were once thought of as radical have been transformed into simple, elegant ways [...] Read More