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Organic Egg Scorecard

Discussion in 'Area Restaurants, Dining and Food' started by KTdid, Aug 30, 2014.

  1. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

    Jun 14, 2006
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    Do you buy "cage-free" eggs? Are you willing to pay more for better quality eggs and more humane treatment of the animals?

    As John Robbins wrote in "The Food Revolution", the sad fact of modern industrialized egg production is that layer hens are crammed together in filthy cages so small that the birds are not able to lift a single wing.

    One building will frequently house 30,000 hens packed together under these grotesquely crowded and seriously unhealthy conditions.

    The birds are driven so insane by these miserable conditions that they would peck each other to death if they could. The industry, of course, doesn't want to see such a thing happen, because there's no profit to be made from dead hens who don't lay eggs.

    How, then, does the industry prevent it? Not by giving the hens more room, which would be the humane response, but by cutting off a sizable part of the hens' beaks, a process known euphemistically as "beak trimming."

    Egg cartons are covered in statements that are confusing and often misleading. If you are not able to buy farm direct, the Cornucopia Institute has developed an "Organic Egg Scorecard" that provides accurate information.

    What quickly becomes obvious is that just because eggs are "organic" doesn't mean they are humanely raised.

    In fact, there are "organic" factory farm operations with more than 80,000 "organic" hens in a single building.

    The second thing the Organic Egg Scorecard reveals is exactly which brands of eggs found in your local stores are produced using the best organic practices and with the most ethical regard for the hens.


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