GAP’s Animal Welfare Certified program uses a tiered labeling strategy, signaling to consumers how the animals were raised. As you can see, the higher the number, the more the animal’s environment mimics a natural environment.

GAP Food Labeling Program - Levels Explained

GAP’s comprehensive standards allow for continuous improvement in farm animal welfare. Our standards reflect the latest research in agricultural science combined with achievable, practical application

GAP’s Animal Welfare Standards

Our multi-step standards are truly unique and are developed specifically for each animal group, taking into account different production systems and geographic climates. By involving input from farmers, ranchers, scientists, veterinarians, certifiers, industry experts, our Scientific Advisory Committee, and food companies, our standards development process represents a comprehensive mix of both scientific knowledge and practical application.

GAP Species: Beef Cattle

Beef

GAP Species: Bison

Bison

GAP Species: Broiler Chicken

Chickens

GAP Species: Goat

Goats

GAP Species: Egg-Laying Hens

Laying Hens

GAP Species: Pigs

Pigs

GAP Species: Sheep

Sheep

GAP Species: Turkey

Turkey

HOW GAP SETS OUR STANDARDS

How GAP Sets Our Standards: Research and Development

RESEARCH &
DEVELOPMENT

How GAP Sets Our Standards: Draft

DRAFT

How GAP Sets Our Standards: Field Test

FIELD
TEST

How GAP Sets Our Standards: Collaboration

COLLABORATION

How GAP Sets Our Standards: Revision

REVISION

How GAP Sets Our Standards: Approval

APPROVAL

Standards Based in Science

Our Farm Animal Welfare Team is comprised of research scientists with backgrounds in production farming and animal husbandry. Each member of our team has a graduate-level degree in animal behavior and welfare, and several of our senior-level members hold doctoral degrees. Our team has conducted research and published journal articles covering a variety of animal welfare topics and species-specific research. All of this learning goes into creating and vetting our GAP Animal Welfare standards. Our expert team also keeps up with the latest research through continuing education courses in both industry and scientific settings. Give us a call. We can answer all of your questions about our comprehensive standards and the development process.

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Our Scientific Advisors

Our Scientific Advisors

Even though our GAP Farm Team members have advanced degrees in animal behavior science, we have hand-selected a group of expert collaborators to form our GAP Scientific Advisory Committee. Creating this advisory board ensures that our standards reflect the most up-to-date research in animal science.

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