Are corporations lying to you about their “free range” animals?
When we hear the term “free range” when associated with chickens, we think of them running freely through a vast green field, happily laying eggs for all of us consumers.
Unfortunately, when it comes to corporations, they never have a problem with lying.
According to the USDA, “free range” only means that, at some point in the day, chickens have access to the outside.
So, as long as there’s an “outdoor setting” available, “free range” chickens are still often brutally restrained and crammed together in tight cages, allowed only to leave for a small portion of the day.
On top of that, the government doesn’t even regulate the “free range” label, meaning anything and everything can label itself as free-range or cage-free, and no one would have any idea if it’s true.
Oftentimes, corporations import eggs from other countries, making it nearly impossible to gauge the conditions of their animals or the authenticity of their labels.
Lucky for egg-lovers and lovers of animals, SustainableTable states that “the most important action that consumers can take to improve the standards of animal welfare in farming is to buy from local, independent farms”. Pay a visit to your local farmer and take a look at how they treat their free-range animals before you buy from a big corporation!
Check out Eco Local Markets for free range eggs and other great local products.