What’s the difference between Cage Free, Free Range & Organic Eggs? 🥚🐓🍳 | Ask Organic Valley


When it comes to eggs are you wondering
what the difference between cage-free, free-range, and organic is? That makes you, me and everyone else. Dear Organic Valley, All these different
egg labels are so confusing. Great question. Reading an egg carton can be kind of tricky, so here’s one of
our experts with all the information you need to know before your next shopping
trip. 90% of all eggs produced in the United
States come from chickens that are kept in cages. So how do you navigate the
other 10% to make sure that you are buying a well raised egg? Let’s take a closer look at cage free eggs. While cage-free hens may not be kept in cages they are confined indoors often in a crowded henhouse under artificial light
where they have very little room to walk, roost, or nest. Their diet consists
primarily of conventionally grown grains they are given antibiotics and these
hens never spend any time outside. So, what about free-range eggs? The
free-range label is an improvement. Free-range hens must have outdoor access. According to the USDA free-range eggs must be produced by hens that are able
to roam vertically and horizontally and have access to fresh food and water with
continuous access to the outdoors during their laying cycle. When it comes to the pasture raised claim the USDA has a set standard for what pasture raised means
for meat and dairy but it does not have any defined animal welfare standards for
poultry. not surprisingly the pasture raised claim is creating a lot of
customer confusion which is why Organic Valley doesn’t use it. The organic seal on eggs not only addresses the hens physical living environment, but it also
provides assurance about how each hen is fed and cared for according to the USDA
Organic livestock standards farmers must allow their hens year round access to the
outdoors while meeting all organic crop production standards. Organic hens have access 24/7 to organically grown grains. Beyond feeding
and land management, organic hens cannot be given hormones for either
reproduction or growth and the use of antibiotics are prohibited. Because all these different labels can mean different things to everyone who looks
at them the Organic Valley free to forage philosophy makes our animal care
standards very straightforward. Free to forage means access to fresh air
sunshine and organic pasture. They can go where they want, when they want, weather permitting, of course. Science is showing that certified organic eggs from
chickens raised with the freedom to forage contain more vitamin A, E, and D
then eggs produced by hens that are confined indoors. These eggs also have
higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids. To find eggs from hens that live the way
nature intended there are only two things that you need to look for. One,
the USDA certified organic label which guarantee is an organic diet and two the
free to forage logo which guarantees the highest standard of animal welfare. To find Organic Valley eggs near you try our product locator. Great! You’re still here – like this video,
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