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All Organic Eggs are NOT the Same – Here’s How to Buy the Best

All Organic Eggs are NOT the Same - Here's How to Buy the Best

(To follow my day-to-day organic food adventures, please be sure to add me on Snapchat: maxorganic) If you walk into the supermarket and are confused about which organic eggs to buy, it is important to understand a few things. First, not all organic eggs are the same. In fact, there are massive differences in organic […]

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Organic egg scorecard(To follow my day-to-day organic food adventures, please be sure to add me on Snapchat: maxorganic)

If you walk into the supermarket and are confused about which organic eggs to buy, it is important to understand a few things.

First, not all organic eggs are the same. In fact, there are massive differences in organic eggs, particularly in regards to how the birds were raised.

Second, don’t select a carton of organic eggs simply because it has the nicest, most attractive packaging. That doesn’t tell the whole story.

Lastly and most importantly, the Cornucopia Institute, one of the organic industry’s most important non-profits, has just put out an updated version of its Organic Egg Scorecard, and this should be a must-use reference guide when shopping for organic eggs.

The Organic Egg Scorecard is part of Cornucopia’s incredibly important report called Scrambled Eggs: Separating Factory Farm Egg Production from Authentic Organic Agriculture.

In this report, Cornucopia highlights the disturbing conditions under which industrial organic egg producers are operating. While substituting conventional for organic feed and not using synthetic inputs, such as pesticides or antibiotics, some of these large-scale operators provide incredibly cramped, double-story conditions, limited access points to the outdoors, and covered concrete porches instead of adequate space on grass fields.

herbruck(Cornucopia’s aerial investigation of industrial-scale organic producers, such as Herbruck’s Poultry, pictured above, revealed that many confine their laying hens rather than provide outdoor access, as required by organic regulations. This operation, likely the largest “organic” egg farm in the country, is located near Saranac, Michigan.)

On the other hand, many small organic family farms go well beyond what the USDA requires and provides ample indoor space and outdoor pasture, allowing the birds to exhibit their natural behaviors, such as foraging, scratching, and flapping their wings.

The Organic Egg Scorecard classifies each brand into one of five categories:

“5-Egg” Rating: “Exemplary” – Beyond organic

“4-Egg” Rating: “Excellent” – Organic promoting outdoor access

“3-Egg” Rating: “Good to Very Good” – Organic, complying with minimum USDA standards

“2-Egg” Rating: “Fair” – Some questions remain concerning compliance with organic standards

“1-Egg” Rating: “Industrial Organics – No meaningful outdoor access and/or non-transparent”

Fortunately, concerned organic consumers are lucky enough to have amazing organizations such as Cornucopia, who has done extensive homework as to the farming practices of each organic egg brand.

Due to Cornucopia’s exhaustive research, shoppers can now make more educated egg purchases in the supermarket. This not only provides our families with healthier organic eggs, but it also allows us to support organic egg farmers who are doing things the right way.

Organic Egg Scorecard

Scrambled Eggs: Separating Factory Farm Egg Production from Authentic Organic Agriculture (full report)

Scrambled Eggs: Separating Factory Farm Egg Production from Authentic Organic Agriculture (executive summary)

Photo Gallery: Industrial-Scale Egg Production—Masquerading As Organic?

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8 Comments

  • Stacey Ann says:

    There is nothing good about eggs. The entire sector of animal agriculture is causing irreversible demise to our planet it has been all over the news now for some time. We need a paradigm shift to a plant-based way of living. Not only is factory farming outdated and immensely cruel but extremely wasteful and energy intensive. Animal agriculture is not a sustainable way to feed the world. Why not promote plant-based alternatives? There are many premium and affordable brands available. As popularity and support increases prices will decrease. I think it’s better to pay a little more now instead of paying loads later. There are many affordable options which are 100% guilt-free such as The Vegg, Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg and JUST Egg to name a few. I have more options noted on my “Eat Aware” page on my website.

  • Brian Igel says:

    Can you update this post, and talk more about the quality of the “organic” eggs at places like Trader Joes, Freshdirect, etc?

  • Bruno says:

    I found a great pasture-raised eggs brand called Handsome Brook Farm. Not easy to find but worth the effort…

  • Amy says:

    Im in the burbank california area and am looking for eggs with orange yolk, organically orange not chemically. What are my best most nutritious options here?

  • Robin McDaniel says:

    Thank you, very much.

  • EDdHartz says:

    Max, you are an asset to the community for those who care about life; our health and health of the planet. Thanks for all the good works. I often read your works. And grateful for such good information.

  • For min del var det lettere å si jatakk til Securitas framfor
    åringe til Sector for å grine meg til oppgradert alarm.

  • Ted Tucker says:

    Now you should look for “Certified Humane” eggs

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