As we’re finding out more and more these days, “organic” doesn’t necessarily mean “produced outside the industrialized food system.” Research from non-profit Cornucopia Institute found that although federal guidelines say organic eggs must come from chickens with outdoor access, many organic egg producers are “confining tens of thousands of hens inside hen-houses, commonly only offering tiny concrete or wooden porches.” These producers say: So what? They’re using organic feed. They’ve cut out pesticides and antibiotics. And they’ve got a point. But you still might want to avoid the eggs they produce. Why? For some, the animal welfare issue alone is surely enough. But even if you could care less about livestock lifestyle, choosing non-industrially produced eggs might be better for your health More
Topic: cage-free eggs
Warning: What you are about to read is one serious Easter buzz kill. Yes, it concerns ovum. And no, “free range” don’t mean a thing.
Sorry, folks. But even though you’re trying to do right by animals and the environment by dropping six bucks per dozen “organic,” “free range,” and “cage-free” eggs, you’re not really doing much good. Allow me to eggsplain… More
Farm Fresh McMuffins? Probably Not. McDonald’s board of directors recommended that shareholders vote against using cage-free eggs in their U.S. restaurants. The chain currently uses battery cage-raised eggs, but is part of the Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply, which is conducting studies to determine the best housing options for hens. (via New York Times)