According to Time Magazine:
“Like any other workers, hens turn out economy, premium and luxury products — known as factory, cage-free and organic eggs — and consumers pay accordingly. A recent survey conducted in one random city — Athens, Ga. — found factory eggs going for $1.69 per dozen, cage-free for $2.99 to $3.59, and organic for $3.99 to a whopping $5.38. But it’s worth it to pay more because you’re getting a healthier product, right? Wrong. [Egg health], is not affected a whit by how a hen is raised…
Don’t organic eggs have the edge in terms of antibiotics and other contaminants? Surprisingly, the USDA has not devoted a great deal of study to the antibiotic question, mostly because the drugs are used sparingly in the egg-laying industry — at least compared with the cattle industry, in which even healthy animals are kept dosed to prevent infections.”
Time’s conclusion… it’s a mistake to buy organic eggs, oh and a “mistake” to buy brown eggs. Really Time?
- What a shock. I’m oh so surprised that the USDA has spent so little time studying antibiotic issues.
- Certified organic and cage free ARE NOT the same flipping thing!
- Organic being compared to healthy again weeeeee!… Wait, did I already mention my utter shock?
- I suppose if you want to read a sweet little piece about happy vs. not happy hens, by all means visit Time. If not, just ignore this lameness and keep right on buying your organic eggs.
I know Time has the ability to report well; but this piece… for shame.
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