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

Bay Area Leads the Good Food Movement


Farm Forward is thrilled to announce that we are a national partner of the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP), a comprehensive food policy developed by the Center for Good Food Purchasing that addresses local economies, treatment of workers, the environment, and animal welfare. We've taken a leading role in defining the animal 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 who 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

Farm Field

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?

Heritage 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

Globalization and Factory Farming

Factory Farm

The fact that many federal and state laws function to make the worst kind of farming the most profitable is one of the greatest barriers to promoting better animal welfare and greater sustainability in farming. Eliminating governmental policies and subsidies that favor factory farming and redirecting resources to support best farming practices is [...] Read More

Antibiotics and Agribusiness

Meat and Antibiotics

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists a staggering 24.6 million pounds of antibiotics are fed to farm animals in the U.S. annually,13.5 million pounds of which would already be illegal in the EU because of the risk they pose to public health.[note]"Hogging It! Estimates of Antimicrobial Abuse in Livestock," Union of Concerned [...] Read More