i love eggs. it's true. for years and years i've been patting myself on the back for buying eggs at grocery stores (including Trader Joe's) that carry "free-range" and "cage-free" labels. HAH! i was horrified to recently discover that those poor chickens are hardly treated any better than industrial/factory-egg farms. CHANGE THE CHANNEL now if you don't want to know more...
image from chelmsfordagway farmers market blog
i had no idea that those chickens can still be raised in such inhumane conditions. silly me, i pictured happy chickens pecking their way around a grassy yard under a billowy blue sky, clucking with delight. um. not exactly. i read some things that really really disturbed me. i won't go into the gruesome details. but they made me mad. made me sad. made me really sorry i had fallen for a misleading label. organic my arse!
i found out that what you have to search for in your local area are "pastured eggs".
image from hillcrest farmer's market site
and it's pretty simple. once i googled "pastured eggs los angeles" i found lots of good resources. Vital Farms out of Austin, Texas is a certified humane producer of pastured eggs. they sell via Whole Foods. Cornucopia has given them their highest 5 egg rating. i'd rather buy local eggs so i'm still searching. but in the meantime i will feel perfectly okay about eating the Vital Farm eggs.
this weekend i'm headed to a local farmer's market to take notes. then i'll do some quick research on the farms i find and see how they stack up. i don't want to fall for any false advertising again.
image from steve normanton dot com
i also found out that you can go HERE to check and see who is selling certified humane animal products in your local area. i found resources for pastured beef, bacon, cheese, milk, and more. super simple.
as far as pastured meat goes, there is this wonderful resource for those living in California. and i found some promising information via videos & articles HERE at Whole Foods.