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    If you buy eggs at the grocery store...

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    "...what do you buy? I use to purchase the "organic, free-range, etc." But then the owner of a poultry equipment company told me not to waste my money. He said there isn't much, if any difference. Most of the time I am able to purchase local eggs from a farmer friend that names her chicks and writes stories about them, so I know they are treated well. But during the hottest part of our Georgia summers, they don't lay a lot of eggs and I end up buying them at the grocery store. I don't mind paying more for the "organic, free range, etc" eggs if it is true...heck, I pay $4/dz for the local ones. But I don't want to get swindled out of our money by tricky labeling. I found this:

    http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/confinement_farm/facts/guide_egg_labels.html


    And I am also really curious about the egg situation in other countries. Is it easier to get local eggs?

    I keep going back and forth with the idea of raising our own chickens, but I just hate the idea of having to deal with chicken poop or finding the remains after a raccoon or hawk has raided the coop. I think I need to toughen up or just eat less eggs when I can't get them from a local source.

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    I always wonder the same thing. I have been eating egglands best for a while now but who knows if they really are better.
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    When I can't get my neighbor's eggs, I buy local, organic, free-range, with omega-3s. No idea if I'm really just throwing away money, but that strategy did keep me clear of the latest nationwide egg recall
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    Quote Originally Posted by lizch View Post
    When I can't get my neighbor's eggs, I buy local, organic, free-range, with omega-3s. No idea if I'm really just throwing away money, but that strategy did keep me clear of the latest nationwide egg recall
    Pretty much this. I normally get local, pastured eggs from the farm market, but sometimes I underestimate our egg needs and have to resort to supermarket eggs. I don't pretend that they are as good as the farm market eggs, but I figure there is a decent chance they're better than the non-organic, stuff-twenty-chickens-in-a-box kind of eggs. It just irks me that they cost more than my farm market eggs!
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    Just buy the omega 3 eggs, organic and free-range are a gimmick.

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    I agree with Joe, at the grocery I buy plain omega 3 eggs. Free range only is meaningful to me if I actually know the farmer, otherwise it is just a marketing label.

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    The so-called free range, organic eggs always have more vibrant yolks than the regular eggs. The regular ones look downright sickly in comparison. So I don't think it's a complete waste of money.

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    I've been eating the regular ol' sunny meadow eggs but tried switching to some organic free range eggs and was actually kind of surprised at how different they looked when I cracked em open.

    I did notice thought that they have a definite different taste to them... the only way I can describe it is that they were more tart?

    Oh yeah... is Flax Fortified the same thing as Omega-3 fortified? I assumed it meant the flax was to add Omega-3's?

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    In the UK/ Europe, 'free range' doesn't necessarily mean the hens actually get outside, and 'organic' is a much better standard. Sounds like 'organic' doesn't mean so much in the US, though. (Here we have the reverse problem - it's so hard and expensive to get organic certification that you have people working to that standard who can't afford to get certified.)

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