A number of colleges and universities, along with many businesses, have reduced or eliminated their use of eggs from caged hens.
Stacked Two Stories High
Yale, Tufts, Dartmouth, Vassar, the University of Wisconsin, and 80 more schools have made the switch in response to a campaign by the Humane Society of the United States. Caged hens live in battery cages which can be stacked as tall as two stories high, with about six hens per cage. This gives each hen a space about 3/4 the size of a sheet of notebook paper.
The industry argues that this is still a humane system, because conveyer belts remove manure twice a day, and fans keep the air “fresh.” “Wow! How Humane! –Editor”
“Cage-free hens require four to six times the space, making their eggs more expensive. Even so, sales of cage-free eggs are increasing by as much as 10 to 20 percent a year. Other specialty eggs, such as organic eggs or eggs high in omega-3 fatty acids, are also undergoing rapidly increasing sales. ”
Editor’s Notes: Organic, cage-free eggs are an incredible source of high-quality nutrients that many of us are deficient in, especially high-quality protein and healthy fat. Although they may be a bit pricier than typical commercial eggs, the extra price is well worth it for the benefits they will bring to your health, let alone the more humane treatment of hens.
Quality Test: Just look at the yolks. You are getting really healthy eggs if the yolks are bright orange-yellow. If they are pale yellow, better keep looking.
Buy Locally Direct, if you can: If you cannot find a farmer to sell you eggs directly, then organic eggs from the store would be your next best option. Still, it’s best to purchase directly from the farmer. Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Wild Oats and Henry’s are reputable retail stores for those of you living in areas where the farms have been replaced by shopping centers and condominiums.
Preparing Your Eggs: You can safely eat them raw by adding to a protein shake. When cooking eggs, remember the less you cook them the better and that scrambled eggs are the absolute worst way to eat eggs. Valuable nutrients like lutein and other powerful antioxidants are destroyed when they are exposed to high temperatures.