Breeding cattle and farm animals is a topic that has already caused several scandals, for example, the crazy cow. In fact, in order to get a harvest at the lowest possible cost, the animals that are our food source are bred in deplorable conditions and fed unnaturally. This applies to many chickens, including those that supply us with eggs.
These laying hens usually feed on grains and live in cages. In both cases, this is not their natural state. The chicken should live outdoors and eat worms and insects.
Organic eggs are produced closer to these criteria, is that enough to improve egg quality? Should this quality be preferred?
Reminder for different types of breeding
If you look at a commercial egg, you will see a code consisting of numbers and letters. The first of these numbers is from 0 to 3 and contains information about the growing conditions for laying hens.
- If this number is 3 , your egg comes from cell culture. The chickens on this farm are born and die in a stacked cage under deplorable conditions. We do not recommend this type of egg for animal welfare.
- If this number is 2 , it is hardly better. The chickens are raised to the ground, but they are driven into the barn, they never go outside, they never see the sky. Their existence is miserable.
- If this number is 1 this is slightly better because chickens have access from outside. But be careful, that doesn’t mean they leave. Born indoors and feeding early in the day, they do not necessarily leave their hangar. In addition, the available land is not necessarily a green meadow, it can be wasteland without vegetation.
- If this number is 0, you need to make organic eggs. Chickens have more space in their barn and have free outdoor space. In addition, their diet is mostly organic. However, there is no obligation for producers to feed chickens a more “natural” diet or richer omega-3.
Are organic eggs really better?
Unless you come across a farm that adheres to the feeding conditions mentioned above, organic eggs are unfortunately not better than others in terms of nutrition.
However, there are some more arguments for organic eggs:
- First, there is the state of the animal. Buying this kind of eggs means supporting a farm that has a little more respect for the welfare of the chickens, which is important.
- Second argument: feed organic chickens with grains that do not require the use of toxic pesticides. By purchasing organic eggs you are supporting a cleaner farming experience.
- Finally, the last argument: organic chickens receive less veterinary treatments and you have less chance of finding traces of these treatments in organic eggs.
What is better than organic eggs?
If organic eggs are not necessarily nutritionally superior, what can you do to make your egg diet better? One alternative is to buy eggs using the blue and white heart approach. Chickens from these farms feed on omega-3-rich plants.
You can also buy eggs from a traditional farm with a small number of chickens. They need to walk freely in the fresh air and there are many earthworms and insects. To be sure of this, it is best to know the breeder and see with your own eyes the breeding conditions.
The last option is to breed your chickens yourself if you have a large enough garden. You just have to let them eat in the vegetation and give them flax seeds, vegetables and some meat from time to time.