Here are links to some of the best sites on the food animal industry. This list is not comprehensive; it’s an edited selection of sites I’ve found the most helpful.
Atlantic Food - mixed in with recipes and reviews are some of the most thought-provoking pieces on food ethics and sustainability in the media
Grist Food - predictably “pro” small/family-owned/local and “anti” large/corporate/government, but grapples with the issues more thoughtfully than most other sites of its type
General animal welfare
TheMeatSite – written by and for the global food animal industry, this site gives a sense of the animal welfare debates the industry takes seriously. Welfare section is under “articles by topic”
Temple Grandin - the pre-eminent livestock researcher’s site. Whether you think her animal welfare standards are high enough or not, she knows a lot about farm animals
Egg labels – ratings - many sites compare the humane treatment claims on egg carton labels, but this one from Green Living has a social responsibility rating that’s useful
Egg labels – definitions - this fact sheet from the Humane Society of the US clearly differentiates among the animal welfare standards signified by various labels; draw your own conclusions about the best options
Dairy brand ratings - this evaluation of over 100 organic dairy operations by the Cornucopia Institute ranks them on how truly they uphold organic ideals, above and beyond obeying the letter of the USDA organic standard. Although humane animal treatment is not the only criterion considered in the ratings, it is one element.
Monterey Bay’s Seafood Watch guides - if you prefer not to destroy the seas whose food you eat, these guides are a must. Print the region-specific guides or download the iPhone app, both of which rank best, good, and worst fish choices.
Species-specific: sites written by and for the global livestock industry, these give unmatched insight into how animals are treated without either pro- or anti-industry spin. Under news and articles each site has a welfare section