Poultry/Egg Label Store Decoder – What does it all mean?
Free-Range: Government certified access to the outdoor. It’s not regulated on how much time they actually get to spend outside. It may only be 3-5 min a day and only access to patch of gravel. Who knows what they are really being fed…my guess would be feed that is loaded with GMO(Genetically Modified Organism) ingredients.
Cage-Free: Usually living in very over crowded buildings but not in small wire cages. This means they don’t get to the see the light of day and eat worms, grubs as they are intended to do in nature. They are probably fed a vegetarian diet…umm NEWS FLASH chickens aren’t vegetarians!
Do not allow debeaking & over crowding into large barns. You can find out more on this topic via: www.certifiedhumane.org
Organic Certification: Requires access to outdoors, shade, fresh air, the beautiful sun & 100% Organic Feed (which means no GMO ingredients in their feed)
Pastured: This is not a regulated term, but it typically means the birds are raised outdoors in a coop that is moveable located on grass & fed an all organic diet. Sometimes this diet can consist of organic feeds or fish meal mixed with veggie/fruit compost.
This is definitely something to think about the next time you hit the store and start looking at labels and become over whelmed with all the clever marketing terms.
I personally stick to purchasing the pastured eggs as much as possible as the taste does not compare to others. The yolk is usually bright orange/yellow versus a dull pale yellow.
Once you go pastured you wont go back…
Chrissy Bernazzani, NE, NC
Holistic Nutritionist + Fitness Coach
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