When it comes to eggs, there is no doubt, organic means a clean, superior product. An egg is considered organic if the chicken was only fed organic food, which means it will not have accumulated high levels of pesticides from the grains (mostly GM corn) fed to typical chickens. Organic eggs are found to be higher in nutrients such as the important omega-3 fatty acids. They’re also free of antibiotic residues, and contain no arsenic.
Organic, there is a difference.
Testing has found that, compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture may contain:
• 1/3 less cholesterol
• 1/4 less saturated fat
• 2/3 more vitamin A
• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
• 3 times more vitamin E
• 7 times more beta carotene
Here is the link to the article on the testing.
Another reason people opt in for organic eggs is that they come from chickens not doused with, or fed food laced with, unhealthy antibiotics. Some claim that “the drugs are used sparingly in the egg-laying industry,” but a number of studies show that’s simply not the case. A 2000 study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found that antibiotics used in chicken feed can linger in a chicken’s eggs for up to seven days. Since then, a number of chicken companies have pledged to reduce the amount of antibiotics used, but studies published as recently as 2008 and 2010 are still finding residues of antibiotics commonly used in the poultry industry.
Add Eggs to your Harvest !
Getting fresh, local, organic eggs is important. This is why we choose to offer organic eggs as an additional option for your delivery. Our eggs come fresh from the farm and add an excellent organic protein source to your weekly diet. Pastured raised in the summer months eating grass and bugs, in the winter chickens are fed organic feed. So consider adding eggs to your box subscription today!