USA: Organic Egg Report and Scorecard
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The Cornucopia Institute’s report, Scrambled Eggs: Separating Factory Farm Egg Production from Authentic Organic Agriculture, empowers consumers and wholesale buyers who want to invest their food money to protect hard-working family farmers that are in danger of being forced off the land by a landslide of eggs from factory farms. The accompanying organic egg scorecard rates companies that market name-brand and private-label organic “shell” eggs based on 22 criteria that are important to organic consumers, the Cornucopia Institute reports. The scorecard showcases ethical family farms, and their brands, and exposes factory farm producers and brands in grocery store coolers that threaten to take over organic livestock agriculture.
Some of the factory farm operators literally raise millions of birds (both conventional and organic) with as many as 85,000 “organic” hens in single buildings. With this web-based rating tool, one can see which regional brands of eggs are produced using the best organic farming practices and ethics. Based on more than a year’s research into the organic egg business, the scorecard rates almost 70 different name-brand eggs and additional private-label products. Both the report and scorecard highlight the good news in the organic egg industry by showcasing the true heroes, including national and local producers, that are supplying ethically-produced organic eggs and are worthy of consumer support. (Picture by Cornucopia Institute: The true heroes in organic egg production – pasture bassed family-scale farmers)
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