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Are all cage free vegetarian feed eggs equal?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 24, 2013 at 7:42 AM

I ran out of eggs and made a 1am grocery store run for protein. The grocery store didn't have my usual brand, so I went with:

Land O Lake- Cage Free Eggs - Vegetarian feed contains no added antibiotics, hormones*, animal fat, or animal by products.

Are these good eggs, or am I eating genetically-modified pesticide-sprayed vegetables, soy, and hormones?

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

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on May 25, 2013
at 05:34 AM

Well, you are technically right, but at least here in Spain when they say that they are cage free it really means they have access to outdoors. There's also usually a small statement telling how they can have a decent life and a cute image of hens thriving on the vast green lands... I guess if it weren't true they would face some legal issues for misleading advertisement... but hey, given how rogue the industry is, it wouldn't surprise me too much...

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on May 24, 2013
at 11:09 PM

cage free does not mean they had access to the outdoors...more likely confined inside a barn on the floor with tens of thousand other cage free birds

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on May 24, 2013
at 09:27 AM

Going to have to eat my way out of this one. Then, convince someone to throw in on 4 dozen cocofeed eggs.

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on May 24, 2013
at 09:08 AM

So, I'm thinking when I see "Vegetarian meat".. same kind of thing? I wish "Paleo-fed meat / dairy" was a thing.

D74288318247c62923457d39a068e3a7

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on May 24, 2013
at 08:02 AM

Well, at least it's premium.

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on May 24, 2013
at 08:00 AM

Damnit damnit damnit.

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D74288318247c62923457d39a068e3a7

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on May 24, 2013
at 07:55 AM

LAND O LAKES?? All-Natural Eggs are subject to stringent food safety and quality assurance programs. For starters, a premium, whole-grain feed rich in corn and soy protein is provided to each production facility for the hens.

http://www.landolakes.com/TestKitchen/TipsAndTechniques/FAQ/Eggs.aspx

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on May 24, 2013
at 09:27 AM

Going to have to eat my way out of this one. Then, convince someone to throw in on 4 dozen cocofeed eggs.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on May 24, 2013
at 08:00 AM

Damnit damnit damnit.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on May 24, 2013
at 09:08 AM

So, I'm thinking when I see "Vegetarian meat".. same kind of thing? I wish "Paleo-fed meat / dairy" was a thing.

D74288318247c62923457d39a068e3a7

(116)

on May 24, 2013
at 08:02 AM

Well, at least it's premium.

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048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

on May 24, 2013
at 07:49 AM

Hens are usually fed some grains to some extent even if cage free, would be nice if the product description stated that no grains and specially soy has been used to feed them, here in Spain I find very difficult to find eggs with such detailed description, I suspect because most of them are given some grains to some degree.

But if at least they are cage free they will for certain eat some of their natural dietary choices like some bugs, etc. In fact in hens maybe it's not so critical as with cattle because their natural diet contemplates some grains to start with, so it makes more match with what they're supposed to be eaten, and if organic eggs guarantee no antibiotics, hormones and GMO grains... then chances are it will be fine, maybe not optimal but at least very close.

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

(3150)

on May 25, 2013
at 05:34 AM

Well, you are technically right, but at least here in Spain when they say that they are cage free it really means they have access to outdoors. There's also usually a small statement telling how they can have a decent life and a cute image of hens thriving on the vast green lands... I guess if it weren't true they would face some legal issues for misleading advertisement... but hey, given how rogue the industry is, it wouldn't surprise me too much...

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on May 24, 2013
at 11:09 PM

cage free does not mean they had access to the outdoors...more likely confined inside a barn on the floor with tens of thousand other cage free birds

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