Farming Forward

Industrial animal agriculture is a relatively recent phenomenon. It began in the 1920s and grew largely unchecked and out of public view until a backlash began to mount in the 1990s. In the last 50 years, industrial methods have taken over nearly all animal agriculture, replacing a long tradition of animal husbandry with the factory farm. These developments came with high costs to the environment, animals, workers, and rural life, and they have only recently become widely known. The devastating effects of factory farming continue to grow today, but with your help, all that may change.

Even as factory farming solidifies its stranglehold on American agriculture and grows at a disturbing rate in countries such as India and China, resistance has strengthened. In America (the birthplace of the factory farm), and in Europe, the industry has been seriously challenged because of its dismal record of pollution, animal welfare violations, labor abuses, and threats to public health. Green businessmen, traditional farmers, and animal and environmental activists have posed powerful new challenges to the factory farm model and insisted that animals are sentient beings, not units to be produced. At the same time, conscientious consumers have embraced vegetarianism or have insisted on buying their meat, eggs, and dairy from local family farms or the few more humane producers.

The Farm Forward team has been at the center of many of these victories. We hope you’ll join Farm Forward in working toward a more humane, sustainable, and just alternative to factory farming.

Cows and Calves

Cattle are the only farmed animals that typically spend part of their lives unconfined and outdoors. Does that mean cattle raised for beef have the best lives of any farmed animal?

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Pigs

More than 97 percent of America’s hog farmers have been driven out of business, but we’re producing more pork than ever. Genetically engineered pigs raised in intensive confinement have become the industry standard. How did it happen?

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Poultry

Americans eat more than 100 times as much chicken meat as we did a century ago. But the whopping 9 billion chickens we eat each year are genetically engineered, drugged, and sick. What happened?

  • Anything Goes - Chickens are the most abused of all farmed animals, and yet they are completely unprotected under US federal law.
  • Chicken vs. Chimp - New studies suggest chickens have some intellectual abilities that surpass primates. Is it true?
  • Chickens and Turkeys Raised Right - Meet America’s last poultry farmer.

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Sea Animals

Fish factory farms and industrial fishing are emptying our oceans. In some industries, up to 98 percent of the sea animals caught are thrown back, dead, as "bycatch." Can we fish better?

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