Why Organic Eggs Are Better
Why Organic Eggs Are Better
Are Organic Eggs Better? Are Organic Eggs Worth It?
You bet they are worth it. At Handsome Brook, we believe you are what you eat eats, and we want our hens to be eating food free of toxic chemicals. That is why our farms are certified organic by the USDA.
Organic Eggs Mean No Toxic Chemicals
When our hens are on pasture, it means that they roam in areas that have not been sprayed in at least three years and that is not used for other cropping. It’s a clean, natural place for our hens to find the fresh shoots, leaves and insects they love. They eat no chemicals and pesticides, and as a result, you eat no chemicals and pesticides.
Is it really a major difference or is it a “fad?” We ask a question in return: if our hens spend more than 300 days on open pasture, shouldn’t that pasture be free of toxic chemicals and harmful pesticides? We sure think so.
Organic Eggs Mean Quality, Pesticide-free, Non-GMO Feed
Organic ensures overall quality and cleanliness of our supplemental feed. Sometimes our hens stay home. It’s true – just like us, there are days when they just don’t feel like leaving the house no matter how much we want them to go out and play. There are also days when we keep the barn doors closed for safety due to severe weather (mother nature can be fierce). On these days, our hens rely on supplemental feed.
Our feed is a milled mix of corn, soy, wheat and alfalfa. If that supplemental feed isn’t organic, then what are they eating? For non-organic and even many “non-GMO” farms, this mix can have traces of the toxic chemicals and pesticides used when it was grown. Remember, just because it’s non-GMO doesn’t mean it is chemical and pesticide free – it just means the corn wasn’t genetically modified.
Organic Eggs Mean Better for the Earth
By using organic land, we ensure that the earth is healthier for generations to come. There are no pesticides to run off into groundwater during rains or herbicides to contaminate other fields. Currently, there are more than 300 million laying hens in the United States. If all those hens were raised on organic pasture, you would need an area the size of Rhode Island. We want to see more land go this direction and we want to start this process. It is a small part of our effort for a healthier planet.
Organic Eggs Mean No Antibiotics or Artificial Hormones
We want a healthy flock, but not at the expense of a healthy human population. Hens don’t need antibiotics that can lead to drug resistance. We use natural solutions to treat ailments, rather than unnecessary antibiotics. Plus, by giving our hens ample space and keeping our flocks small, we reduce the cramped conditions that encourage the spread of disease. Our goal is to save the antibiotics for when our families need them, not our hens.
If you really are what you eat eats, shouldn’t that food be free of toxic chemicals and harmful pesticides? Shouldn’t it be grown in a way that protects and preserves the planet and the human population? Seems like an easy answer to us and is why almost all our farms are certified organic.
And there you have it: our answers to “why pasture raised and “why organic.” High quality pasture land plus high quality organic feed equals better eggs. Pretty simple – just like it should be.
Come back soon for future posts on cooking with pasture raised eggs, our unique system of farming and more! See you on the sunny side.