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Join The Fight To End Inhumane Factory Egg Farming

Shopping for eggs is hard. All most of us want is a fresh, tasty egg to fry up for breakfast or mix into cake batter. Pass by the egg section in any grocery store today, however, and you’re greeted with a plethora of confusing options.

Natural! Vegetarian-fed! Pasteurized! Free-range! Cage-free! Organic!

These feel-good labels are affixed to all of the major brands available in our grocery stores. Many seem self-explanatory, but they’re not. As Care2′s Piper Hoffman explained in a recent post, “The claims egg producers make on their packages, like ‘free-range,’ mean nothing, and more specific claims about happy chickens may be false.” While humane egg farming is possible, there are no legal rules to define these terms or when they can be used. In order to attain genuine, cruelty-free, fresh, healthy eggs, you’ve got to dig deeper than the label.

VitalFarms is just one company dedicated to educating the public and providing alternatives to unhealthy, factory-farmed eggs in American grocery stores — but they need help. Today, VF launched a crowdfunding campaign to help conventional egg farmers become humane egg farmers.

Care2 sat down with VitalFarms’ Aurora Porter to learn more about what’s gone wrong in the egg industry, and why the public should care about their campaign to transform a conventional egg farm into a true pasture raised operation. Here’s what she had to say:

Care2: Why is it such a big deal to know where your eggs come from?

AP: In our predominantly industrialized food system, it can be very hard to know exactly what we’re eating, and this is especially true with eggs. Producers and marketers label eggs as “free-range” and “cage-free” and hope that consumers think this means their chickens lived outside on green rolling hills, with a red barn in the distance. Nothing is further from the truth. Ninety-five percent of laying hens in the U.S. live in cages, ankle deep in feces and urine, and this of course, affects the flavor, health and quality of the egg we’re all eating, not to mention the health and happiness of the hens that produce our eggs. If you care about your health, animal welfare and the taste of the food you eat, it is important to know where your eggs came from and how they were produced.

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.

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11:19AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Thank you.

6:55PM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

it lifts my spirits just to see these chickens running amuck, so free...and then to have the innocence of a child among them... It's very heart-warming to see :) I try to limit egg consumption, but if you're gonna eat it this would be the way to go!

4:32PM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

great idea, article and video thanks for sharing :)

8:58PM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

Barb, where do you pay $6 - $8 for a dozen eggs? I can get naturally nested eggs (non caged) for $2.98/dozen, and from a neighbor who has hens for $1.50

4:58AM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

I love the concept. I won't buy eggs from the store; my son in law brings me all the eggs I can use from his chickens at home. He has 3 that are more like his pets than anything else. There is no comparison between a fresh and storebought egg!! It must be hard to convince people to spend that much on a dozen eggs but when you think about some of the crud that people plunk their money down to eat, this is a bargain.

10:37PM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

Hate the way big industry regard animals, merely as machines!

8:54AM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

i'm afraid the $6-$8 price tag is going toward the ridiculous packaging and marketing of this product. i have access to free range, grain fed eggs from a local farmer that asks us to return the egg cartons and maybe all eggs not the same size or color.

12:12AM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

Not everyone understands that "organic" does not mean cage free, nor is "cage free" even meaning NOT IN A CAGE all day. Naturally nested is a much more accurate term. Better still is buying eggs from a neighbor who allows their hens to run free as much as possible, and all one has to do is LOOK. I'm sure those in inner cities will be more challenged to find those, however. If my neighbor doesn't have eggs, I get ones from the store that say, "Naturally Nested" and below that, it says, "Our hens are NEVER caged, period". They emphasize fed all-natural diet, no animal byproducts. The farm is local enough that I could visit and did e-mail them and they said if I want to make a tour, anytime.....don't have to make an appointment and while they don't have a video, they do have a website with photos.

Dianne D., was that a "typo" about you NOT buying the eggs you say are better and that you are pleased with? I've tried egg replacers and they're okay for scrambled eggs, but little else.

2:17PM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

thank you!

10:40AM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

I'm glad to see that everyone who answered the quick poll cares about the lives of egg laying hens.........

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