Eggs are symbolic of Easter due to the new life they represent. They are used in so many different recipes, especially at Easter time with all the baked treats, that it’s about time you took a moment to consider where they actually come from. Whilst you’re probably familiar with the various types of eggs available in the supermarkets, do you know which are actually the most ethical? Here at GreenJinn we always buy organic eggs and now is the perfect time for you to start doing the same. For more see Telegraph.
Organic eggs come from hens with the highest standards of living, with the most indoor living space and outdoor access. This is considered the most ethical farming practice. They are only fed organic feed, which contains no antibiotics or genetically engineered grains, unlike all other kinds of hen.
Free-range hens have unlimited daytime access and at least 4m of outdoor space each, but at night they stay in a barn, where there are no limits on flock size. This is often exploited, meaning that indoors, they could potentially be just as cramped as barn hens.
Barn hens can roam freely indoors and have their own areas for resting and egg-laying, however, the rest of the time they have little space and must stay inside their whole lives. If price is an issue, these eggs would be preferable to regular eggs.
Regular (caged) hens live in extremely cramped and unnatural conditions, experiencing intense mental and physical suffering. This is the least ethical production method.
Good news! Many supermarkets are now no longer selling eggs from caged hens. Tesco, Aldi and Asda all took the pledge last year, joining Sainsbury’s (since 2009), coop (since 2008) and Waitrose, who have only ever sold free-rage and organic eggs. Interested in exploring this issue further? Be sure to read this article from the Independent.
If you’re curious to find out exactly where your eggs come from, you can just type the code on your eggs into an online tracker, such as Food Miles, to find out.
Images from Food Miles
There are a number of reasons why some people choose not to eat eggs, whether it be allergies, health (eggs can raise your cholesterol) or for ethical reasons. Although eggs are a main ingredient in many recipes, there are ways to swap it out. You can opt for alternatives such as, flax seeds, tofu or yogurt, if you are not vegan.
Have you heard of Aquafaba? We thought not. It’s the liquid found inside cans of beans and it can be used instead off egg to make all kinds of food and drinks! This video from My Recipes explains everything.
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