If a meat producer doesn’t trust you to look at their farm, it’s probably not a good idea to trust them to feed your family.

Farm Forward is committed to supporting the ranchers, farmers, and entrepreneurs who are increasing the availability and market share of more humanely produced meat, eggs, and dairy. Here we feature some of the farms and corporations that have impressed us most.

Most farms today have become not just factories, but fortresses lacking even basic transparency. It is easier to see the inside of a prison than the inside of a hog CAFO1 or industrial slaughterhouse. This is part of a larger strategy deployed by agribusiness to prevent the public from knowing how the most important consumer products in our lives are actually produced.

Even experts are denied access that would be normal in any other industry. When the prestigious Pew Commission completed its 2-year study of industrial farmed animal production—the most comprehensive ever done—they made the following assessment:

There have been some serious obstacles to the Commission completing its review.

... The agriculture industry is not monolithic, and the formation of this Commission was greeted by industrial agriculture with responses ranging from open hostility to wary cooperation. In fact, while some industrial agriculture representatives were recommending potential authors for the technical reports to Commission staff, other industrial agriculture representatives were discouraging those same authors from assisting us by threatening to withhold research funding for their college or university. We found significant influence by the industry at every turn: in academic research, agriculture policy development, government regulation, and enforcement."

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