Dec 9 2010

Vital Eggs

For those of you who are not vegan, but still concerned about where your eggs are coming from, Vital Farm Eggs may be a good alternative.

The hens are pasture raised, so they eat grass, not feed. A big difference from free-range.

Many people think buying organic, free-range eggs means they are cruelty free, but that is far from the truth.

In fact, many organic, free- range farms, house seriously abused chickens. In order to qualify as free-range, the hens must have some access to the outside.

The USDA regulations do not specify the quality or size of the outside range nor the duration of time an animal must have access to the outside

In other words, there could be (and often are) thousands of hens tightly cramped under one roof, in unsanitary conditions, where abuse is rampant, but if there’s a window, it’s considered free-range.

Here’s what Vital Farms has to say about their practices…

“You won’t see any cages on our farms, but you will see birds living like birds should – grazing on organic green pasture and enjoying plenty of space and fresh air. We feel strongly about respecting the animals in this way, especially considering the wonderful little superfood they produce for our benefit.

There are many elements we consider vital to our methods: organic green pastures, multiple native grasses, herbs, seeds, and other natural foliage, top quality organic feed, plenty of fresh water, relatively small flock sizes, lots of space to roam and forage, protection for the birds, shelter from inclement weather, and a personal attentiveness to the birds’ welfare!”

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