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Care2: The economy is tough. You say part of Vital Farms’ mission is to put better food into the hands of more people, but often better food is prohibitively expensive. Why should we be willing to spend more for true free-range eggs?

AP: When you buy a cheap egg, you are basically helping to finance an industry that tortures animals to produce mediocre-tasting food produced in wretched conditions. When you buy a pasture-raised egg, you are helping to keep small family farmers on their land, raising happy hens that lay the most delicious, high quality food.

We want to give shoppers a super-high quality egg option all over the country. VF eggs are sold in Whole Foods stores, for example, from California to Maine, and that gives us the opportunity to educate a public that has been misled about eggs for far too long. A dozen Vital Farms eggs cost between $6 and $8 per dozen, depending store and location. The higher price of our eggs ensures that a family farm can make a decent living raising a few thousand birds in a respectful way, instead of raising 80,000 birds in the factory farm model.

Care2: How many farmers are involved with Vital Farms now? What does it take to become a VF egg farmer?

AP: We work with 16 small family farmers to produce our pasture-raised eggs. We only own and operate one of our farms (in South Austin, TX) and many of our other farmers are second and third generation farmers. In order to produce products for Vital Farms, these families must have land that is Certified Organic, not use any herbicides or pesticides on their land or any antibiotics or hormones with their hens. Our farmers rotate pastures weekly, to ensure the freshest, greenest grass for our birds, which maintains their good health and the taste, texture and nutrients in the eggs.

Want to get involved? Today, Vital Farms kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to raise the funds needed to take an entire farm from conventional to truly pasture-raised eggs in a short amount of time. You can be part of this historic effort to put healthy food within the reach of every family in America. Check out the campaign on ‘When You Wish’ to learn more or contribute.

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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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