In-food-graphic: Egg labels

Eggs can be yummy, and can be tranformed into many yummy things. But not all eggs are created equallyEggs from chickens that are kept in appalling conditions, crammed into pens smaller than a letter-size piece of paper, never seeing daylight, that are starved for up to 2 weeks in order to make them more productive egg layers, are not at all appetizing. Trying to avoid such eggs can be confusing: Cage free, Free Roam, Free Range, Organic, Vegetarian—all these labels leave consumers bamboozled. What do these labels really mean? For the most part, these labels are surprisingly deceptive. Want to know What’s What? View the in(food)graphic, below.

**To keep things simple, look for the Certified Humane logo**


Look out for Pete and Gerrys…

Lucky for me, my local Key Food store sells Pete and Gerrys eggs. The egg boxes carry the all important ‘Certified Humane’ logo. Their hens are happy and have plenty of space to move around. Pete and Gerry’s eggs are delicious and the yolks are a bright yellow-orange color. See their beautiful, free-roaming ladies here:


…and also Vital Farms

Also, lucky for me, my local Whole foods just started carrying Vital Farms eggs. The packaging is super cool and lets you know all about how the eggs are made with fresh air and sunshine. Their lucky girls are free to forage outdoors on green grass and under open skies. The yolks are orange and taste incredible.



Animal Welfare Institute

American Humane

American Humane Certified Animal Welfare Standards Checklist

Certified Humane and Certified Humane Guide to Labels

New York Times


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