Doh! No Pastured Eggs At The Market Today. Whats Next Best?

Today I went to Whole Foods expecting there to be pastured eggs, but they were all sold out.



Does anyone know whats next best?



Organic?

Cage Free?

Vegetarian Fed?

Omega 3?

Free Range?

A mixutre of some/all of the above?



Thanks for the help in advance.
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  • Scratch Omega 3 off the list. Organic is your best bet other than that. Factory eggs are not as bad as factory meat.
  • Thanks Jason!



    For folks that are having trouble finding pastured eggs, I just found this: http://www.cornucopia.org/organic-egg-scorecard/



    Here's the scoring schema:



    “5-egg” rating (2001-2200): “Exemplary”—Beyond Organic

    Producers in this top tier manage diverse, small- to medium-scale family farms. They raise their hens in mobile housing on well-managed and ample pasture or in fixed housing with intensively managed rotated pasture. They sell eggs locally or re- gionally under their farm’s brand name, mostly through farmer’s markets, food cooperatives and/or independently owned natural and grocery stores and sometimes through larger chains like Whole Foods.



    “4-egg” rating (1801-2000): “Excellent”—Organic Promoting Outdoor Access

    Producers in this category provide ample outdoor space and make an effort to encourage their birds to go outside. They provide an excellent outdoor environment, often either rotated pasture or well-managed outdoor runs, with an adequate number of popholes/doors for the chickens to reach the outdoors.



    “3-egg” rating (1501-1800): “Very Good”—Organic, Complying with Minimum USDA Standards

    Brands with a three-egg rating are very good choices. Eggs from brands in this category either come from family-scale farms that provide outdoor runs for their chickens, or from larger-scale farms where meaningful outdoor space is either currently granted or under construction. All producers in this category appear committed to meeting organic standards for minimum outdoor space for laying hens.



    “2-egg” rating (1201-1500): “Fair” —Some Questions Remain Concerning Compliance with Federal Standards

    These are either industrial-scale operations or others with outstanding questions or concerns regarding their compliance with USDA regulations. One of the primary features that distinguish these organizations from the ethically challenged brands below is their willingness to share with their customers (and Cornucopia researchers) some of the details as to how their chickens are cared for and how their eggs are actually produced.



    “1-egg” rating (0-1200): “ethically deficient - industrial organics/no meaningful outdoor access and/or none were open enough to participate.”

    Brands with a “1-egg” rating are generally produced on industrial-scale egg operations that grant no meaningful outdoor ac- cess. “Outdoor access” on these operations generally means a covered concrete porch that is barely accessible to the chick- ens. Means of egress from the buildings are intentionally small to discourage birds from going outside, and make it possible for only a small percentage of birds to have “access” to the outdoors. No producers in this category were willing to participate in The Cornucopia Institute’s project, and none shared their production practices with Cornucopia researchers. This is disturb- ing to many organic consumers, since transparency has always been viewed as a hallmark of the organic food movement.
  • Yolk quality says a lot about your eggs too. There are local farmers with free range hens that give them pellets and what not. Unfortunately, there are a lot of ways to cut corners.


  • Yolk quality says a lot about your eggs too. There are local farmers with free range hens that give them pellets and what not. Unfortunately, there are a lot of ways to cut corners.


    Like Astaxanthin, they give chickens it to make the yolk more yellow.
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