Andrew Gunther became program director for Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) in April 2008. AWA is an independent food label granted to family farms across the U.S. and Canada raising their animals with the highest welfare standards, outdoors on pasture or range. Previously, he was the senior global animal compassionate product procurement and development specialist for Whole Foods Market. He pioneered the world's first organic poultry hatchery for chickens and managed production for the largest independently owned organic chicken producer. He has served on the Texas State Board of Agriculture's organic advisory board, is a member of the American Association of Agricultural Scientists, and a blogger for Huffington Post.