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Friday, November 14, 2008

30 Days to a Greener Diet - Day 24

Be Kind to Chickens
Eat Cage-Free Eggs

You’re an omelet fan, but you’re conscientious too. You’d like to know that the chickens that generously provided the eggs for your brunch staple are living a reasonably happy life.

Look for cage-free eggs. Chickens are typically kept in battery cages, which are small and confining. The cage-free label indicates the hens were not confined to tight wire pens, and were able to scratch and spread their wings and partake in other chicken-y pastimes.

Remember, the cage-free label is not tightly regulated, so you are taking it at face value and trusting the farmer who put it there. You might also look for a Certified Humane label from Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC), which indicates that the animals were raised compassionately in accordance with strict standards. HFAC keeps a list of Certified Humane producers on its Website.

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