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May 22, 2023
By Farm Forward

Is Costco chicken good for you? What’s in it?

Why has Costco kept its price for rotisserie chickens at $4.99 since they were first sold in 2009, despite inflation? Costco knows that cheap chicken helps to bring customers through the door, who then spend money on other products with greater profit margins. Costco capitalizes on this trend by selling rotisserie chickens in the back of the store. However, the low price point comes at a high cost for the welfare of the chickens, the environment, and public health.

May 15, 2023
By Farm Forward

Can you get bird flu from eating chicken or eggs?

The high price of eggs is just one outcome of bird flu. Far more worrying is the possibility that the disease could adapt to human bodies and lead to the next global pandemic. Though eating chicken or eggs is unlikely to lead to illness, experts agree that the pandemic risk of avian flu is real, stemming largely from the way birds are raised on factory farms and the particular breeds of birds that have come to dominate the supply chain.

March 13, 2023
By Dani Sher

Broiler chickens: Who are they and how long do they live?

Modern-day chickens raised for meat, called “broilers,” are a far cry from chickens just a few decades ago. They consume less food, grow more quickly, and reach a much larger size. As a result of all the ingenuity and invention that has gone into their genetics, chickens suffer immensely during their short lives, and today’s massive scale of chicken production wreaks havoc on the environment.

March 7, 2023
By Andrew deCoriolis

We could be on the brink of the next pandemic

Bird flu is making global headlines. As an H5N1 outbreak ravages the U.S. poultry industry and egg prices reach record highs, scientists are ringing alarm bells that the virus could soon enter a new, more dangerous phase of its evolution.

March 29, 2022
By Andrew deCoriolis

Whole Foods’ “Better Chicken” Isn’t What You Think

GAP’s “better chicken” is better for business, but consumers, public health, the environment, and, of course, the chickens themselves are not necessarily better off when factory farmed products are viewed more favorably.

June 30, 2021
By Andrew deCoriolis

Global Animal Partnership’s Breed Study Was Designed to Deceive

Global Animal Partnership (GAP) seems dedicated to passing off low welfare standards as the gold standard, thus helping the purveyors of factory farmed products deceive shoppers.

March 3, 2017
By Farm Forward

Fair Food for a Fair Price

As consumers have grown more conscious about how their food is produced many have signaled their willingness to pay a premium for birds with less severe health problems raised on higher welfare farms.

July 18, 2016
By Farm Forward

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.

November 17, 2015
By Farm Forward

Celebrating Thanksgiving

Every Thanksgiving, we gather with our family and friends to celebrate what we’ve been thankful for in the past year. Thanksgiving, more than any other American holiday, also invites us to reflect on the food we put on our table.

December 10, 2013
By Ben Goldsmith

Anything Goes

Chickens, while sentient and with individual personalities, have been genetically modified solely for higher meat yields. Learn more here.

September 19, 2011
By Ben Goldsmith


George Marich, owner of Butterfields, the world’s first heritage-only poultry-serving restaurant, visits Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch for a real look into heritage farming excellence.

July 13, 2011
By Ben Goldsmith

The Modern Henhouse

With hen housing debates in full swing and the wellbeing of hundreds of millions of birds at stake, Farm Forward wants you to have the facts about how America’s egg supply is produced.