The Difference Between Organic, CFF Organic Pastured, And Free Range Eggs
Our thanks to Kim Lam, Holistic Health Coach for many tips and pointers.
Compare for yourself.
Clean Food Farm certified organic pastured eggs are richer in color and flavor, with a deep orange yolk. We grade our eggs per WSDA and USDA standards but you will find to your pleasant surprise that our eggs will wake up your taste buds.
Our organic pastured chicken eggs are the best choice and they will give you better value for the buck. They simply have more nutrients than conventional eggs, industrial organic eggs, or so called “free range” eggs where the hens have “access to the outdoors” but seldom [if ever] receive free access to real grass!
Organic Pastured Chicken Egg Nutrition
Eggs are probably among the best sources of protein. Egg whites contain a lot of the amino acids while the yolk is rich with vitamins and minerals. But not all eggs are equal in terms of flavor and nutrition.
According to a study from 2007 Mother Earth News egg testing project, conventional store bought eggs are nutritionally inferior to pastured eggs. Compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture (Like at Clean Food Farm) typically contain:
1⁄3 less cholesterol
1⁄4 less saturated fat
2⁄3 more vitamin A
2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
3 times more vitamin E
7 times more beta carotene
4-6 times more vitamin D
Chicken feed may be your feed too!
Did you know that chickens are naturally omnivores, and should be eating bugs, insects, and grub, which in essence produces nutrient-rich eggs? Clean Food Farm hens are not vegetarians!
Chicken farmers may add soy and corn to their chicken’s diet, pumping them up with GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms)! These ingredients are much cheaper than animal products.
The traditional method our grandparents and great grandparents used to raise chickens was ecologically sustainable, humane, and produces the tastiest, most nutrient-dense eggs.
So What’s The Big Deal?
Industrial chicken farming and “organic” industrial too…in the Pacific Northwest there are large industrial organic producers maintain flocks of 800,000 to 1.3 MILLION laying hens who receive little real grass and little meaningful access to the outdoors. It translates to “Miserable Chickens: buy these eggs so we can make more money while you eat a lower-nutrient not-that-great-tasting egg.”
CFF Organic Pastured eggs
Our Organic Pastured eggs are laid by chickens that are raised on the green pasture, with access to the sun, bugs, and fresh air. The chickens eat a natural omnivore diet full of bugs, the way Mother Nature wanted them to do.
Cage-free systems are still not the best, considering they are still living in crowded hen houses. This means they are trampling around in their own feces and other chicken’s feces. They have no room to move or even spread their wings. No fresh air, no sunlight.
You would think the next best thing is free range. You immediately visualize beautiful landscapes of hens wandering around a green bed of beautiful grass with the sun shining on them all day. In fact, free range is not much different from cage free, with the exception of a tiny door or ramp that leads to another tiny area. They must have access to the outdoors. With tens or hundreds of thousands of chickens confined in one area, do you think they actually use that door?
Certified Organic eggs
Organically raised chickens must be fed food that is free of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, hormones, and antibiotics. That must be good news right? Not necessarily.
This term may be used to imply that chickens are eating a “healthier” diet, when in fact they are eating corn, soybeans, and grain.
Omega 3 enhanced eggs
These chickens are fed a diet of flax seed or fish oils, but may be confined or in an industrial setup.
Trully, healthy chickens that are free to run around and eat grass, bugs, and greens just lay a much superior egg. No egg produced in a large industrial “organic” or conventionsl egg factory/operation can compare. Of course you could eat more conventional eggs to reap the same amount of nutrition, but then you are adding more calories to your diet.
Clean Food Farm can supply fresh pastured organic eggs from hens that are raised organically in a nice environment with a large open area. If you buy our eggs you might be lucky enough to purchase the eggs on the same day they are laid.
Email Clean Food Farm’s lead farmer with any questions about our organic pastured eggs laid from happy hens –> firstname.lastname@example.org