Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Cage Free Eggs? Not.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="450" caption=""]Hens housed in battery cages misrepresented as cage free.[/caption]

Over the last few years, I have moved away from eating meat. My companion is vegetarian so economy and efficiency have inspired me to prepare more meals that we both enjoy. Now I am a less meat-etarian, as Mark Bittman calls it. Meat, pork, chicken have moved from the center of the plate to the side.

After watching the movie, "Food, Inc.," I have lost my taste for chicken. I cook a pork tenderloin once in a while and eat lamb once in a blue moon. I still love a juicy hamburger once a month.

Today was the first day I simply could not buy hamburger from H-E-B. Where did this beef come from? How was it processed? I know too much about the deplorable conditions these factory-farmed animals endure and the malignant quality of the meat that it produces.

Could.Not.Buy.It.

Oh well. There are always eggs. Eggs are a staple of our diet.

*sigh*

After reading this report on "cage-free" eggs at H-E-B, I wonder when I'll stop shopping supermarkets altogether.
Research indicates that the vast majority of organic eggs for private label brands are produced on industrial farms that house hundreds of thousands of birds and do not grant the birds meaningful outdoor access.

So, what can you do to ensure that your eggs come from an ethical organic and/or free-range farm?The Cornucopia Institute’s Organic Egg Scorecard rates companies that market name-brand and private-label eggs based on 22 different criteria, including legal and legitimate outdoor access and adherence to organic principles such as farm diversity and nutrient cycling. It is based on a years research into the organic egg industry.

Now there's one more resource to support ethical food decisions before hitting the grocery aisle.
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