I’ve always had an appreciation for local foods, but it wasn’t till I started raising chickens when I understood its difference and importance. If you go to the grocery store, you can buy organic eggs with “less hormone additives” and ones with many other advertisements. If you crack open one of those eggs you will notice that the yoke is light yellow. Whether they are organic or not they all look and taste the same.
I never noticed the color of the yoke until I started to collect the eggs from our own chickens. Our chickens are free range from sunrise to sunset and eat naturally digestible foods. They roam free around our farm all day and help consume our compostable foods. If you crack open one of our eggs you will notice that the yoke is a dark orange. Compared to eggs you purchase from factory farms, the taste is tremendously different.
My parents have labeled our family now as “egg snobs”. We only purchase ‘organic free-range’ eggs because of the incredible taste and the knowledge of knowing they were raised humanely. Many don’t know think twice about where their eggs come from. This goes for about all meats that we consume. We look for the cheapest price and overlook the process it took for our meat to get to the store. This is one of the biggest problems with our consumer market. We don’t push big food corporations to address the rights of the animals and focus on what we can purchase at the cheapest price at the animals expense.
I have been fortunate to raise animals and understand the difference between large factory farm corporations and small local farmers. The information presented to the public by ‘Big Foods’ leaves consumers ignorant of the inhumane practices. As media presence becomes a huge role in the food industry, more people are becoming knowledgeable of the agricultural practices and the difference between “organically raised” vs. “humanely raised”. I am proud to be an “egg snob” and do not take any offense to it. I am lucky to have first hand experience and knowledge about the humane treatment of raising animals.