Behind the Egg Labels: What Do They Really Mean?

| 7/2/2009 4:57:41 PM

Tags: chickens, eggs,

As we worked to teach our foster children simple living skills and boost their level of awareness, we found ourselves stumbling upon frightening tidbits of information that sent us first shivering, weeping, and thumb-sucking in the corners but then angrily protesting like marchers in a PETA parade (except we are clothed and omnivorous).

The following video contains disturbing footage and facts.  It may not be suitable for all audiences.  Please keep that in mind before watching.

Modern egg production practices seemed very Brave New World to me ... only less humane. At least in Brave New World the lower castes were periodically hosed with soma-gas to get high and thus forget how horrible their lives really were. No such luck for the factory-farmed egg laying hens.

But how do we keep from supporting these industries?  Labels?

Healthy chicken

Labels are so comforting, you know?  I feel instantly validated when I’m pushing a cart full of products plastered with labels declaring my support of free-range and organic animal products.  Labels are my friend, and I am guilty of trusting them.  Oh, and I should feel guilty because behind those labels lies a sad truth.

12/3/2012 2:30:23 PM

Great article! We raise chickens also and I will never buy a storebought egg again. Lisa/

7/7/2009 3:25:11 PM

Nice post Lacy! We get so many complements from people who get our eggs. They rave about the difference, and how much better they are than "store bought", and the differences ARE staggering!

Razor Family Farms
7/7/2009 8:29:43 AM

Hi Dawn! Having seen photos of your operation -- I think you do a lovely job with your birds. They get plenty of fresh air, have lots of room to scratch and loll about, have access to quality foods (bugs, greens, etc.), and have adequate shelter. Our birds are kept in a fenced lot (our backyard and pasture). The fence is more to keep other creatures out than it is to keep them in. You are doing the right thing by keeping them safe from predators, in my opinion. Blessings! Lacy

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