When shopping at the supermarket, eggs will be eggs, right? However, those names on the carton signify how the hen was raised and how much care they are getting AND how nutritious they may be.
The 9 Labels To Pay Attention To:
1. United Egg Producers Certified
These chickens have their beaks sheared (cut off) . Their feed (food) include GMOs and antibiotics. They can either be caged or housed cage-free indoors.
Farms using this label must follow organics standards, build soil health, and protect biodiversity. As they are certified by Demeter USA.
3. Certified Organic
This is the only USDA-regulated label. Farms are required to have hens get outdoor access and feed without GMOs, antibiotics, or animal products.
Omega-3 fatty acids in their eggs by more than 100 percent by fortifying the hens’ diet with brain boosting flaxseed.
5. Certified Humane
This Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) label requires hens to have space to move around and be handled by trained handlers.
6. Pasture Raised
HFAC certified. Birds MUST be outdoors on a minimum of 6 hours every day with 108 square feet of space for each chicken rotated.
7. Free Range
This may sound a lot like pastured raised, however, it just signifies that outdoor access is provided for a minimum of 6 hours a day with just 2 square feet of space per bird.
The hens’ feed does not contain animal protein. Could also mean no chance to forage, look for food of their own. Hens, by nature, are omnivores and will eat insects if they are given the chance to.
These birds are not caged but typically don’t have outdoor access.
Article: Rodale’s Organic Life