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.

Eat Less Meat- Helps You and the Planet

Did you know that going meat free helps the Earth?

The meat industry is a top source for greenhouse gas methane according to a 2006 United Nations Food & Agricultural Organization report. In fact meat and dairy production create more carbon emissions than all the cars and trucks on the highways.

Reason why is that cows emit methane which traps 21 times more heat in thegrass fed meat atmosphere than carbon dioxide. Their solid waste produces nitrous oxide which is a greenhouse gas 300 times more powerful than CO2. Factory farms for cows, chickens and pigs are the worst when it comes to pollution. Some studies show factory farming is worse than automobile emissions.

Try going meat free for one or two days  a week or limit your portion sizes.

We are not advocating that everyone should go vegetarian. Just cut back on thefull organic meat free breakfast amount and frequency. We have reduced our meat consumption considerably by only purchasing grass fed organic beef, organic chicken and sustainably wild caught fish. The prices are higher, portions are smaller but we like that it is healthier for us (higher omega 3’s) and much better for the planet.

Grass fed pasture raised animals also tend to be more humanely raised and that is why you will see some grass fed pasture raised products showing the “humanely raised” seal.

As mentioned earlier we noted that we only eat pastured raised meat, eat much smaller portions than in the past and eat meat less frequently. It has become a lifestyle choice for us as well so that when we go out to a restaurant we often bypass the steak since when know it is most likely factory farmed. Same with seafood which often is factory farmed not wild caught. Shrimp is one of the largest factory farming industries overseas- often from Viet Nam.

Spirit’s Tavern in Dahlonega offers a great grass fed burger that we enjoy.

If you would like to enjoy one of our delicious meat free breakfasts come stay with us. Here are some sample dishes.