FACT was founded in 1982 as the first U.S. organization devoted exclusively to addressing the public health problems that result from raising farm animals in confined and inhumane conditions.
Our Mission and Philosophy
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) promotes the safe and humane production of meat, milk, and eggs. FACT envisions that all food-producing animals will be raised in a healthy and humane manner so that everyone will have access to safe and humanely-produced food.
Today, FACT is a national leader in addressing the problems stemming from intensive production of livestock and poultry. FACT believes that one of the best ways to improve farm animal welfare is working with farmers. FACT was a pioneer in this approach, directly engaging farmers to create markets for humanely-raised eggs from uncaged hens. Our work evolved from farmer discussions and lessons learned about blending sustainable agricultural business models with animal welfare.
Many welfare-oriented farmers want to reduce antibiotic usage, use safer and more natural feed, provide more space and better housing for their animals, and improve their ability to market their products. FACT listened to these concerns, and determined that the most effective response was through concerted efforts to expand humane farming and food safety—our two current focuses.
What We've Achieved
Though FACT is a small nonprofit, our accomplishments are significant:
- Improving farm animal welfare: Cumulatively, FACT has awarded 91 grants to deserving farmers across 27 states, directly impacting more than 66,000 animals. Thousands more animals in subsequent generations raised on these funded farms will benefit from improved conditions, access to open pasture, and the humane methodology that FACT invests and espouses through our farmer services.
- Building the capacity of humane farmers: Thus far FACT has provided more than 68 scholarships up to $400 to conferences for independent family farmers who otherwise would not be able to attend. FACT also provides webinars and other capacity building opportunities so that farmers may learn from each other and invest in humane practices.
- Creating healthier food choices for consumers: FACT made significant progress in persuading major fast food chains to commit to serving meat produced with fewer antibiotics, and will continue our work to ensuring responsible usage of antibiotics. FACT also succeeded in eliminating arsenic in the food supply chain.