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If you spend too much time scouring the racks of eggs at the grocery store trying to figure out the most environmentally friendly purchase, you have one tiny thing going in your favor.
Now, nearly two thirds of all cage-free eggs sport the American Humane Certified (TM) label, showing that they're from producers that practice humane treatment of their animals. Of course, what is considered humane is still subjective. But the American Humane Association has deemed them to be raised in a nice way.
During the past several months, American Humane Certified has audited and certified eight cage-free egg producers, bringing the total number of American Humane Certified cage-free egg producers to 10 and representing 8 million of the 12 million to 13 million laying hens producing cage-free eggs annually in the United States. American Humane Certified, the nation's first animal-welfare program dedicated to the humane treatment of farm animals, now is also the clear leader in certifying humane treatment in the cage-free egg sector.
If you want to be extraordinarily sure that your eggs are coming from happy chickens, the best thing to do is head to your local farmers market, find out what farms are selling eggs, and ask if you can visit. Chances are if the eggs are being sold at an organic produce stand, the chickens are cage free because having chickens wandering around does wonders for a farm's health in terms of pest control and fertilization.
But if you stick to store shelves, be glad knowing that your cage-free egg choice is getting ever so slightly easier.
Recently certified cage-free egg producers include:
Abbotsford Egg Products -- a leading supplier of fresh and frozen egg products to the bakery, restaurant, confectioner and wholesale food industries
Cal-Maine -- the largest producer and marketer of value-added specialty shell eggs, such as cage-free, in the United States; sold under the Farmhouse brand name
GCB Foods LLC -- a family-owned, cage-free egg production company in Nashville, N.C.
Herbruck's Poultry Ranch -- a leading organic egg producer in Michigan
Moark, LLC -- one of the nation's largest egg producers, which sells under the brand names of Eggland's Best and Land O' Lakes
Morning Fresh -- a producer for Eggland's Best, located in Colorado
Sauder's Eggs -- a family of companies, based in Lititz, Pa., that includes one of America's leading processors and marketers of fresh eggs
Weaver Brothers, Inc. -- an 80-year-old family farm in Ohio
These companies join two long-time American Humane Certified producers, Phil's Fresh Eggs of Forreston, Ill., and Clover Stornetta Farms of Petaluma, Calif.