G.A.P. has created a meaningful animal welfare labeling program, verified by audits conducted on every farm, in order to influence the food industry, raise consumer expectations, and create a sustainable environment.

The G.A.P. Farm Animal Welfare Food Labeling Program - What We Do

How G.A.P. Defines Animal Welfare

We define animal welfare as 3 overlapping components that together with good management and genetics, contribute to good farm animal welfare:

  • Health & Productivity – raising animals so that they’re healthy and productive with good quality feed and water, shelter, and free from disease, illness and injury (and treating any animals that get sick).
  • Natural Living – raising animals in environments that allow them to express their natural behaviors effectively – both indoors and outdoors
  • Emotional Well Being – raising animals in environments that provide them the ability to be inquisitive and playful and minimize restlessness, frustration, stress and pain, as much as possible.

This definition of animal welfare guides our standards development process, impacting the lives of farm animals step-by-step.

What is Farm Animal Welfare?
Why You Can Trust the G.A.P. Label

Why G.A.P.?

Why G.A.P.? Technical KnowledgeWhy G.A.P.? Technical Knowledge

Technical Knowledge

Our team not only have practical farm knowledge but also have advanced degrees in farm animal behavior and welfare.

Why G.A.P.? Comprehensive ApproachWhy G.A.P.? Comprehensive Approach

Comprehensive Approach

G.A.P. develops and implements tiered standards for 8 farm animal species, impacting over 416 million animals annually.

Why G.A.P.? Supply Chain SupportWhy G.A.P.? Supply Chain Support

Supply Chain Support

Our team of meat industry experts have the know-how to connect manufacturers, and bring value to the entire supply chain from farm to fork.

Why G.A.P.? QualityWhy G.A.P.? Quality


Better raising and handling of animals results in better tasting meat – another reason to feel good about supporting change with your purchases.

Why G.A.P.? IntegrityWhy G.A.P.? Integrity


Every single farm is audited to our standards every 15 months.


G.A.P. is replacing 100% of chicken breeds that result in poor welfare outcomes with new breeds meeting specified outcomes by 2024, all based on scientific research. Through the G.A.P. Better Chicken Welfare Initiative, we can affect the lives of almost 300 million chickens annually.