Free Range Versus Pasture Raised Eggs

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At Cedar House Inn we care about animal welfare and eating healthy eggs. Our breakfast ingredients contain organic milk, pasture raised eggs and seasonal veggies from our permaculture garden.

Many do not know that there is a big difference between free range and pasture raised eggs. We only use pasture raised eggs at the inn unless they are not available from the local farmer. Then we purchase pasture range organic at the grocery store. Pasture raised are healthy eggs for you.

Free range chickens (as defined by the USDA) have access to the outside but have no requirements on how much time they must spend outdoors. They also do not have any requirements for the size of the roaming area. Producers of free range eggs can label their eggs “free range”  even if all they do is leave a little door open in their giant chicken houses. Often chickens do not  go outside since they have not learned that behaviour. If they go outside there is often no bare dirt to scratch in or bugs to eat.

Pasture raised chickens stay outside and eat all kinds of seeds, green plants, insects, worms along with grain or mash. They have a hen-house with nesting boxes for egg laying and are free to come and go. They tend to be happier chickens and lay more nutritious healthy eggs.

If you have the option for healthy eggs, pasture raised chicken eggs are the preferred choice for nutrition and animal welfare.

For more information about our organic breakfast at the inn visit breakfast.

Michael Pollan “Omnivores Dilemma” Talks About Food

Michael Pollan wrote a book titled The Omnivores Dilemma that discusses the commercial food industry and the popularity of processed foods and high fructose corn syrup. The book had a major impact on our thoughts about healthy food versus unhealthy food. My wife and I seldom ingest food or drinks with high fructose corn syrup or food that has been highly processed.

He is shown on the Democracy Now TV show in two videos that are linked below.

In the first video he talks about the relationship to confinement pork farming in Mexico to the recent swine flu outbreak. As a past college professor who taught consumer behavior I also found his comments on large food companies making unhealthy food additives live sugar appear healthy to the consumer. Another example of this is eating Cheerios to lower cholesterol.

Click Video 1 to watch.

In Video 2 he talks about how our school lunch program creates addicts of highly processed foods since that is what they serve to children. For example chicken nuggets. Why aren’t they serving healthy food to our children?

In conclusion he makes a logical assumption that we cannot address climate change without first addressing our food since our food system contributed to global warming.

Click Video 2 to watch.

I believe they will have an influence on how you think about food and show you the importance of eating healthy food.

We serve healthy food at our inn using mainly organic ingredients. we do not use any GMO’s, factory farmed meat or eggs and no high fructose corn syrup. For breakfast sample dishes visit organic breakfast.