The Hens that produce Eggland’s Best eggs are fed all-natural, all-vegetarian feed, which in turn causes their eggs to be higher in vitamin E and lower in saturated fat than most other eggs. Additionally, Eggland’s Best eggs contain approximately 40% of your daily value of iodine (based on a 2,000 calorie diet), which is extremely important for pregnant and nursing mothers.
Now here’s – in my opinion – the best thing about Eggland’s Best: their hens are cage-free, meaning they’re allowed to roam “free” instead of all being crammed together.
Actually, the typical white eggs that EB produces are cage kept. The “free range” eggs they produce are kept inside a giant room. Only the organic eggs are given free range AND access to outside. They claim that each hen is given ample space, but they’re also been cited for doing just the opposite of that.
Just because a chicken is cage free, doesn’t mean it is allowed to “roam”. Unlike “organic” The terms “cage free” and “free range” are not based on standards determined by the FDA or any other organization. Cage free chickens are better off than those in cages, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are treated well.
There are no universal standards for cage free or free range eggs, but many independent organizations will inspect egg producers to make sure they treat their chickens well. Eggland’s Best is certified by one of these: The Humane Touch.
I agree with what maggief posted. There are no regulations about what is actually “cage free” or “free range.” A mass producing farm can market their chickens as free range by simply opening one door in the gargantuan containment unit they are held in. This doesn’t mean the chickens can just walk out and roam because most factory farmed chickens can’t walk but a few steps — they are being raised to have large breasts and their skeletons don’t grow fast enough for them to support all of the weight from the extra meat. I would highly encourage you to watch the documentary Food Inc., read The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and Fast Food Nation. This is where I learned about the tragedies of factory farming.
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