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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.


September 19, 2023
By Trevor McCarty

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.

June 14, 2023
By Andrew deCoriolis

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.”

May 25, 2023
By Trevor McCarty

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.

February 23, 2023
By Farm Forward

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.

December 5, 2022
By Trevor McCarty

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.

April 12, 2022
By Rev. John Millspaugh

Farm Forward to WHO: Reduce Pandemic Risk Now 

Farm Forward welcomed the World Health Organization (WHO) Intergovernmental Negotiating Body’s recent request for public guidance on the question, “What substantive elements do you think should be included in a new international instrument on pandemic preparedness and response?” 

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.  

July 13, 2021
By Farm Forward

Farm Forward Wins Right to Further Pursue Downed Pig Lawsuit Against USDA 

The U.S. District Court ruled that Farm Forward and a coalition of animal and environmental protection organizations have standing to sue the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), regarding regulations at pig slaughterhouses.  

June 22, 2021
By Farm Forward

The University of Oxford and Farm Forward Discuss Pandemic Risk and Factory Farming 

While COVID-19 may have emerged from a wet market, the greater pandemic risk is our insatiable appetite for cheap, factory farmed meat.

January 21, 2021
By Farm Forward

Mega-dairy Moratorium Bills Introduced in Oregon State Legislature

Farm Forward supports the mega-dairy moratorium which would allow a pause in the permitting of new and expanding mega-dairies until meaningful protections can be enacted to protect Oregon’s air, water, climate, rural communities, small farmers and animal welfare.

September 9, 2020
By Farm Forward

Farm Forward Joins Diverse Group of Advocates to Endorse Farm System Reform Act 

This historic legislation has the potential to change the conversation about the future of animal agriculture in America.

April 16, 2020
By Farm Forward

Farm Forward Urges Congress: Don’t Use Stimulus Funds to Prop Up Factory Farms 

This week Farm Forward, along with a coalition of more than 50 organizations, called on Congress to prevent corporate factory farm companies from receiving COVID-19 relief funds, and instead to direct funds to small and midsize farmers and food chain workers who have been disproportionately impacted by the crisis.  


December 9, 2019
By Farm Forward

Seattle University Joins Farm Forward’s Leadership Circle 

Joining the Leadership Circle is part of Seattle U’s broader effort to become a more sustainable university.

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November 21, 2019
By Farm Forward

More than 20 Groups Oppose Permit for Mega-Dairy Seeking to Replace Lost Valley Farms 

Stand Up To Factory Farms Coalition and Supporters Say the New Easterday Farms Dairy Would Repeat the Troubled History of Lost Valley 

October 28, 2019
By Farm Forward

Harvest Table Culinary Group Recognized by Farm Forward’s Leadership Circle 

We’re excited to welcome Harvest Table Culinary Group (HTCG) to Farm Forward’s Leadership Circle, with the most comprehensive welfare commitment of any food service management company to date.  

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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.

September 12, 2019
By Farm Forward

Farm Forward Condemns Reappointment of Mega-Dairy Exec to State Agriculture Board 

Today, Farm Forward along with a coalition of family farm, animal welfare, and environmental groups sent a letter to Oregon Governor Kate Brown condemning the reappointment of Marty Myers, general manager of Threemile Canyon Farms for a second four-year term on Oregon’s Board of Agriculture.

September 6, 2019
By Farm Forward

Our Fight to Strike Down Chilling North Carolina Ag-gag Law Continues 

Public Justice filed a motion for summary judgment asking the Court to enjoin North Carolina from enforcing the “Anti-Sunshine Law” and declare it unconstitutional.

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.

March 27, 2019
By Andrew deCoriolis

Harvard Business School Joins Farm Forward’s Leadership Circle

Institutions are enjoying the ethical and sustainable benefits of the Leadership Circle. Learn about Harvard Business School’s efforts here.

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.

January 10, 2019
By Ben Goldsmith

Update: Farm Forward Campaign Spurs International Push to End Cruel, Previously Universal Practice

A first-of-its-kind campaign launched by Farm Forward in 2014 has resulted in the adoption of a new technology that spares day-old chicks from being slaughtered shortly after they hatch.

October 10, 2018
By Farm Forward

Villanova University Raises the Bar with Certified Pasture Raised Eggs

More institutions are taking advantage of the benefits of the Leadership Circle, like Villanova University. Learn more here.

June 27, 2018
By Andrew deCoriolis

Blue Apron Sets New Bar for Farmed Animal Welfare in Large Supply Chains

Blue Apron, a national favorite meal delivery service, commits to only sourcing the best. See what they’re doing that’s better. Read more.

January 10, 2017
By Farm Forward

Farm Forward Joins Coalition in Opposition to Trump’s Nomination for Secretary of Labor

Farm Forward believes that a sustainable and just food system 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.

December 20, 2016
By Farm Forward

Our Biggest Year Yet

What sets Farm Forward apart from other animal welfare groups is our visionary leadership that looks beyond suffering reduction to the overall institutional and cultural change that will end factory farming.

December 23, 2015
By Farm Forward

Faith in Food: Ethical Food Initiatives

Ethics are shaped throughout history by religion’s vital role. Join us in turning to the animal activists in these religious spaces.

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.