ASK A FARMER
CBC recently released a mini-documentary/article the other night about conventional eggs being just as nutritious as organic eggs, and the journalism bothered me just a scooch. 🤏🏻
I am never going to bash conventional eggs or shame anyone for buying them. Yes, I am biased towards the small-scale free-range type but every level of the egg industry is necessary and MUST EXIST and I respect that. We must consider accessibility (just because you can afford organic free-range eggs doesn’t mean everyone can... I’d rather someone be able to select the $2 eggs for their family than none at all), as well as the fact that every egg farmer, no matter what kind of operation they run, needs to make a living.
So let’s not demonize one type over the other. However, if you are wanting to educate yourself on the differences, I IMPLORE you to do your own research and make your own decisions. Unless you watch the entirety of this video, it really seems like they are suggesting that the $2 eggs are hands-down superior on all fronts.
Yes, organic + conventional eggs can be similar in nutrition. So why the hefty price tag on the organic option? In Canada, organic egg farmers have standards they must adhere to, including housing the chickens in a free-range system with outdoor access, and feeding only certified organic feed. Therefore it costs more to produce organic eggs.
It’s not until the very end of the video that they disclose that the small-scale organic free-range farm’s eggs nutrition WAS superior. And while that’s great, it’s certainly not the only factor to consider: They touched on it quickly in the video but the important takeaway here is the concept that there’s more to it than just nutrition. It’s the level of humane treatment these hens receive. Organic eggs’ nutrition may be similar to that of conventional eggs, but the quality of life is vastly different, and of course, not every consumer cares about this. That’s fine. We’re not here to judge or point fingers, remember? BUT let’s not go spreading misinformation (or in this case, a somewhat misleading article) because that kind of ignorance can hurt farmers and their businesses.
I think consumers should be provided information on ALL factors to be able to make smart informed decisions for their families, but as you’ll see if you watch this video, that’s easier said than done, as the bigger companies aren’t always transparent.
My advice? ASK A LOCAL FARMER. If you’re curious about where your eggs come from (or beef, pork, dairy, whatever), ask. Most farmers I know (and the the only kinds of farmers I choose to be friends with 😏) would be thrilled to answer your questions.
Moral of the story - IF YOU CAN, support your local farmer. The eggs ARE more nutritious, and the chickens are happier. If you can’t / don’t want to / just can’t afford it right now, cool man. 😎 You do you. Either way please please please do your own research and don’t let the media + their catchy headlines dictate your choices.
In case you're reading this thinking "ew, she's trying to use this as leverage to increase her own business". Listen here: While I’d love for you to be all up in that free-range egg lifestyle (hit the farm store link here), our current wait list is already off the charts so it’s REALLY not about that (not-so-subtle brag). I’m just passionate about educating myself + others where our food comes from. I’m still learning as well, but if you have any questions let me know + I can do my best to find an answer for you!
Link to the CBC article here.
(and corresponding video here.)
Link to my man Joel Salatin explaining his take on pastured eggs here.
If you want help navigating through all those crazy carton-label terms, click here.