Farm Forward’s Letter to the USDA Advocates for More Transparency in Meat Labeling
Farm Forward sent a letter to the Deputy Undersecretary of Food Safety at the USDA sharing our concerns and offering actionable recommendations that would help ensure consumer trust in meat labeling.
New Food Purchasing Standards Will Reduce Meat, Improve Animal Welfare
The Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP) recently released Version 3.0 of its standards for food service institutions, which include important changes for animal welfare and meat reduction.
Farm Forward Survey: humanewashing erodes consumer trust
This year, we partnered with the research firm Data for Progress to test some of our hypotheses about consumer understandings of everything from “pasture raised” to Global Animal Partnership’s “Animal Welfare Certified” label.
Judge Rules Lawsuit Against Whole Foods Can Proceed
A federal judge in California ruled that the consumer protection lawsuit alleging Whole Foods Market falsely advertised its beef as “no antibiotics, ever” can proceed.
Lawsuit update: Whole Foods is stonewalling
Whole Foods is objecting to proceeding with discovery. It’s not a good sign that the largest natural retailer in the country, which built a reputation on being honest and transparent, won’t share even the most basic information with the public about who supplies their meat or give assurances that they’ve taken steps to ensure their marketing claims are true.
USDA’s Latest Changes to Meat Labels are a Step in the Right Direction, But More is Needed
The USDA announced changes to the guidelines meat companies must follow if they want to label their products as “humanely raised,” “free range,” or “raised without antibiotics.”
Working with Yale University to Address Factory Farming
Farm Forward is collaborating with Yale Law School’s CAFE Law and Policy Lab and several other NGOs to develop innovative policy approaches that can be enacted at the state and municipal level to challenge factory farming practices.
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.
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.
How does deforestation affect the environment and animals?
Forests play an important role in maintaining a healthy global environment. They influence the weather and even the acidity of the oceans, affecting ecosystems thousands of miles beyond their borders. Unfortunately, forests are being destroyed by human activity as they are cleared to make way for grazing animals and their feed, as well as for other agricultural and industrial purposes.
What is veal and what animal does it come from?
People who consume dairy may believe they are not encouraging the slaughter of any animals by doing so. But industrial dairy production requires that cows must repeatedly be made pregnant to produce milk, bringing many calves into the world who the industry must either use productively or dispose of. One of the ways to use the male calves born as a “byproduct” of dairy production is to turn them into meat known as veal.
Lab-grown meat: What is it made of? Is it healthy?
Over the last several years controversy surrounding lab-grown, or cultured, meat has exploded. Ranchers have argued over whether or not it should be considered meat, while vegans have argued about whether or not it should be considered vegan. One thing is clear: lab-grown meat has the capacity to dramatically change the way we eat, and the impacts that our diets have on the world around us.
Turkey farming: How long do turkeys live?
Better Business Bureau rules OHC should discontinue animal welfare claims
Last month, the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau (NAD)—an institution designed to bolster consumer trust in advertising by investigating claims made by businesses—recommended that One Health Certified (OHC) discontinue its animal welfare claims.
What is foie gras? How is it made and is it cruel?
To call foie gras controversial would be an understatement. To produce foie gras, male ducks and geese are force-fed by poorly paid farm workers several times a day until their livers become fatty and diseased. The resulting pale white meat of the liver is then sold to high-end restaurants for a few wealthy people to enjoy. Few food items are so widely viewed as cruel, or so succinctly capture the dynamics of an inequitable food industry.
Farmed animals: How does factory farming affect animals?
What are gestation crates and are they legal in the U.S.?
US Senators ask USDA to review “humanely raised” and “sustainably raised” labels
The ask cites a recently published Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) report documenting the USDA’s failure to regulate animal-raising claims on meat found in grocery stores. Over 80 percent of the animal-raising claims on meat and poultry products that AWI requested information about from the USDA had no, or inadequate, information submitted to the USDA for the approval of the claim.
Heritage chickens versus hybrid chickens: What is the difference?
Chick culling: What is it, what are the methods & is it cruel?
How long do chickens live in the wild versus on farms?
Chicken meat is a dietary staple for many millions of people worldwide, and eggs are a standard breakfast for many of us. However, the true cost of these proteins includes the suffering of billions of living beings. This suffering is largely due to intensive breeding programs that prioritize profit over the welfare of chickens, leading to genetic predispositions that plague birds with ill health and short lives.
How do chicken farms work, and is chicken farming cruel?
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Meat reduction: does it benefit the climate and environment?
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.
Battery cages: What are they, why are they bad, and are they legal in the U.S.?
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.
Farmed animal welfare issues in agriculture and livestock production
How does animal agriculture pollute water?
Major Victory: NC Ag-gag Law Struck Down
A federal judge struck down North Carolina’s “Ag-gag” law, ruling that several of its provisions are unconstitutional and violate the First Amendment.
Farmed pigs: What are pigs used for and why is it a problem?
Although pigs are recognized as one of the most intelligent species, most pigs are housed by the thousands in crowded conditions with very little to stimulate them mentally.
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Farm Forward Supports the Industrial Agriculture Accountability Act
Farm Forward supports the Industrial Agriculture Accountability Act of 2022. The bill would establish a new office to hold the industry accountable and would implement reforms that would benefit not only meat and poultry workers but also the billions of farmed animals killed every year in the U.S.
Jonathan Safran Foer on Sustainability
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