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April 22, 2024
By Rev. John Millspaugh

Alexandre’s Humanewashing: The Ripple Effect

Our investigation of fraud, deception, and animal welfare abuses at Alexandre Family Farm (Alexandre) revealed that Alexandre’s national reputation for high animal welfare is largely a mirage. It is highly likely that milk sold across the country—including in products like toddler formula and ice cream—came from abused, neglected, and mistreated cows who were allowed to linger in their suffering.

December 4, 2023
By Rev. John Millspaugh

Introducing the EFFECTIVE Food Procurement Act

In anticipation of the 2024 Farm Bill, we are proud to play a part in introducing new federal legislation that would leverage billions of dollars of food spending by USDA to help build a more just, healthy, and sustainable food system.


October 5, 2023
By Farm Forward

Farm Forward Board Member, Jonathan Safran Foer, Encourages Meat Reduction at the Vatican

In the Vatican Gardens after a private audience with the Pope, author of “Eating Animals” and Farm Forward founding board member, Jonathan Safran Foer, gave a keynote address in response to Pope Francis’s new Apostolic Exhortation, Laudaute Deum.

May 8, 2023
By Farm Forward

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.

February 16, 2023
By Dani Sher

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.

October 10, 2021
By Dani Sher

Changing Farming

Changing farming takes working with and learning from farmers directly. Internationalizing the fight beyond US borders ensures all farmers everywhere are heard and retain the right to farm according to their values.

September 7, 2021
By Rev. John Millspaugh

UN Scientists Sound Alarm: Change What is on Your Plate

United Nations scientists warn that a climate catastrophe is coming, and a leaked UN document urges a shift to plant-based proteins as a strategy to stave off the most dire scenarios.  

March 2, 2021
By Farm Forward

Methane Digesters are Not a Climate Solution

Oregon Senate sees the need to course correct its dairy industry, but the misconceived “methane digester” tax credit may have them heading in the wrong direction.

December 7, 2020
By Farm Forward

Repair is Possible 

We write to you from the year 2050 to let you know that humanity is thriving on a rejuvenated planet.

October 5, 2020
By Farm Forward

Farm Forward Joins Coalition to File Petition Urging Limitations on Mega-Dairies’ Use of Water 

Farm Forward and a coalition of public interest groups filed a legal petition with the Oregon Water Resources Commission requesting it restrict new mega dairy’s use of groundwater in areas in eastern Oregon where special protections are needed.

June 16, 2020
By Farm Forward

Mega-Dairy Moratorium for Climate 

Today, 20 national, local and state based animal welfare, family farm, environmental, and food safety groups, submitted a letter to Governor Brown urging her to enact an immediate mega-dairy moratorium to protect Oregon’s climate, air, water, animals and family farms.

May 29, 2020
By Farm Forward

Reducing Our Carbon Mouthprint: Farm Forward Responds to the “New York Times” on Food and Climate 

The New York Times published an opinion written by Farm Forward’s Executive Director Andrew deCoriolis in response to the Times’ interactive article Climate Change, Answered: How to shop, cook and eat in a warming world.

April 26, 2020
By Farm Forward

Mega-Dairy Biogas is not Clean, Renewable Energy 

Farm Forward joined a coalition of environmental, farming, and consumer groups in opposing a proposed permit from Threemile Canyon Farms mega-dairy.

April 23, 2020
By Farm Forward

Farm Forward Calls on Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to Address Mega-Dairy Emissions 

This week the Stand Up to Factory Farms coalition, a broad coalition of family farming, environmental, food safety, and animal welfare organizations, released a letter calling on the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) to include mega-dairy emissions control in their new rule making plan.

December 4, 2019
By Farm Forward

Leaders at Climate Summit Urged to Reduce Greenhouse Pollution From Food, Agriculture 

Farm Forward joined The Center for Biological Diversity, Brighter Green and 12 other organizations to release a policy brief calling on organizers and attendees of the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change conference COP25 to take immediate action to reduce planet-warming emissions from food and agriculture.

November 4, 2019
By Andrew deCoriolis

Historic Opportunity for Climate Leaders to Lead by Example 

A shift in how we understand food’s role in climate change is taking place and we’re proud to be part of the movement that is helping the world adapt to this shift. 

October 14, 2019
By Farm Forward

Mindful Menus: The Northwest School Serves Up Their Values 

Over the past few years, more and more institutions have made the connection: our food choices impact our health, the environment, and the lives of animals, and are interwoven into many other social justice issues.

August 19, 2019
By Farm Forward

Farm Forward Supports Lawsuit Alleging Tillamook Dairy Intentionally Misled Consumers with “Humane Washing” 

We support the lawsuit that consumers have brought against the Tillamook County Creamery Association regarding Tillamook’s representations regarding the company’s dairy products.

July 3, 2019
By Rev. John Millspaugh

Marching for All Species

As I strolled along the park’s concrete path, I glanced over to find—gliding alongside me—an orca, a chinook salmon, monarch butterflies, and planet Earth itself.

February 8, 2019
By Rev. John Millspaugh

Can our Religious Values Help Fight Climate Change?

Pope Francis was challenged by 12-year-old Genesis Butler to try eating a plant-based diet for Lent, with a promise of a million dollar donation to a charity of his choice should he say yes.

December 11, 2018
By Farm Forward

Factory Farms in the Flood Zone: A Farm Forward Interview

An interview with industry insiders exposing the dangers of the ineffective CAFO management on the floodplains of North Carolina. See images..

March 2, 2016
By Farm Forward

Factory Farming is Bad for Investors, Too

Factory farming isn’t just bad for animals, humans, and the planet, but also for investments! See what FAIRR is saying about the risks here.

April 15, 2015
By Ben Goldsmith

Globalization and Factory Farming

Want to know one of the greatest barriers to promoting better animal welfare and greater sustainability in farming? Learn more here.

December 29, 2014
By Ben Goldsmith

The Future of Food

American entrepreneurship has changed the world more than once and will play a key role in defeating the factory farm.

July 22, 2013
By Farm Forward

Humane Fish?

Learn more about the complexities behind why fish welfare standards have been historically lacking. Click here.

May 29, 2007
By Ben Goldsmith

Farm Forward Launches

Farm Forward is committed to a simple but revolutionary idea: We can live without factory farming, without intensive confinement operations that devastate our natural resources and contribute more to climate change than any other industry on the planet. Learn more with us here.