Egg-carton lingo decoded
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▪ Cage-free: The hens likely have room to flap their wings—which is nice—but they’re probably kept indoors, perhaps without access to sunlight.
▪ Free-range: “Think ‘cage-free’ plus some outdoor access”—a way of life that’s less expensive for farmers to maintain than “pasture-raised.”
▪ Pasture-raised: The chickens that produce these eggs usually live on smaller farms and roam on open grass, foraging for their own food while getting supplemental feed.
▪ USDA organic: This federally regulated label indicates that the hens are free-range, cagefree, and fed with 100 percent organic feed.
▪ Vegetarian-fed: The term indicates the hens are fed no animal products, though that doesn’t stop them from eating bugs. Still, a corn or soy diet isn’t good for the eggs, so you want them omega-3 enriched, achieved by enriching the feed with algae or flaxseed.
Source: Good Housekeeping ■