Why Not Just Buy Organic Eggs?

While so-called “organic eggs” are an option (an expensive option) at many grocery stores, the way the birds are treated and processed are a far cry from what well-wishers may intend when they support this industry. To quote from the following article (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/12/04/largest-us-egg-producer-caught-abusing-chickens-on-video.aspx):

“As Cornucopia says, “A high percentage of the eggs on the market should be labeled ‘produced with organic feed’ rather than bearing the USDA-certified organic logo,” because many of these birds never actually get to set foot outdoors.

Mass-producing organic egg farmers circumvent the free-range criteria by providing tiny enclosed porches with roofs and concrete or wood flooring — a far cry from what most organic consumers would associate with the word “free-range.”

According to Cornucopia:

“Many of the porches represent just 3 to 5 percent of the square footage of the main building housing the birds. That means 95 percent or more of the birds have absolutely no access whatsoever.”

In fact, some leading organic egg producers, including many privately labeled store brands, are actually giant factory farms that raise millions of chickens, both conventional and organic. It’s not unusual for these “organic” factory farms to house 85,000 hens in a single building — which is a far cry from what most people envision when they buy a carton of organic eggs.”

Also:Just last month, Cal-Maine recalled 288,000 eggs from one of its Ohio plants after they tested positive for Salmonella.

This is not surprising as chickens raised in unsanitary factory farm conditions are far more likely to be contaminated, and lay contaminated eggs.

In fact, one study by the British government found that 23 percent of farms with caged hens tested positive for salmonella, compared to just over 4 percent in organic flocks and 6.5 percent in pasture-raised flocks.

Subsequently, these cage-raised chickens have to be given routine doses of antibiotics and other drugs, all of which have serious health implications for you the consumer.”

Our point is that while “organic” eggs are produced with presumably organic feeds, the living conditions remain extremely cramped, unhealthy, and feces-covered for the hens themselves. This is a far cry from a very small, well-tended backyard-coop “micro flock” of up to 6 hens. Without routine antibiotics, without bleach-washing of eggs which removes the protective bloom, without supporting an industry that puts so little focus on appropriate animal husbandry as they work to produce the cheapest eggs. As the saying goes, if you want something done right, perhaps you should do it yourself? (“>

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