The USA produces about 75 BILLION eggs per year - Whoah!
On average we each eat 274.2 eggs per year!
So where is this flock of 280 Million birds? Well, most are in industrialized poultry production systems. 90% of those birds live entirely in battery cages with only 67 square inches of space for for their entire life. It's factory-minded farming and offers an incredibly low price, BUT It comes at a cost: Lower nutrition and an ethical quagmire!
Poor diets and unhealthy environment creates an inferior product, and the living conditions for these animals is horrendous by any account.
Chickens naturally want to explore and peck for food. They eat a diverse diet of bugs, worms, seeds, grasses and other natural foods when available. Modern commercial poultry farming only includes a grain diet and no access to natural foods. Cramped conditions often lead to disease, which then requires medicines like antibiotics.
The alternative is to raise birds in a way that allows them to live out their natural behaviors and also eat a more natural & diverse diet. That diverse diet turns into very healthy nutrition for us! Welcome to the Pastured Egg. You'll see and taste the difference immediately! A deep orange color and rich taste.
Pastured Vs. Conventional eggs
So what's on the label??
Here are some basics:
- Hens are confined to cages with a 67-square inch space each.
- They never see the light of day and consume a corn or soy diet.
- Over 90 percent of eggs in the U.S. come from caged hens that are kept in cages for their entire egg-laying lives.
- Live their entire life in barns
- If certified humane, they requires 1.5 sqft of space per bird.
- consume a corn or soy diet.
- Barn-raised, but must have access to the outside
- Dos not regulate the outside conditions or feed
- Most eat a corn- or soy-based feed
- Indicates birds were raised on pasture (in a field or in grass)
- Had access to a diverse natural diet
- If certified humane, these birds are given at least 108 square feet each and consume some feed and lots of grass, bugs, worms and anything else they can find in the dirt. Many small farms use mobile systems that allow birds to roam and eat freely on pasture daily
- This indicates the chicken's feed was also soy & gmo-free. This is as natural as the modern egg gets!
Pastured - (modern farming master, Joe Salatin at work)
What do I do?!?
Check out our Soy & GMO-free Pastured, eggs! They are small-farmed, full of flavor and packed with great nutrition...And without any chemicals, hormones or added junk. This is the natural way.