Why Organic Matters
Organic eggs don’t look different from conventionally-produced eggs. Some folks say they don’t taste any different, either (we disagree, but there’s no accounting for taste). So why is it important to choose organic when you’re buying eggs for your family?
Here are a few good reasons:
- No antibiotics please, we aren’t sick. Conventionally raised hens may be treated with “preventive” antibiotics even when they’re healthy—especially those crowded into cages at factory farms, where diseases can flourish quickly. Since excessive antibiotic use is causing an epidemic of antibiotic resistance all over the world, we want no part of that for our hens.
- Who needs chemical pesticides/herbicides/fungicides? Conventional growers usually treat their crops with toxic chemicals to ward off pests and diseases. If these residues linger on the produce—say, the corn or soybeans used to feed an egg-laying hen – they can end up in the hen, too. No thanks! Organic growers use only natural, organic deterrents to pests on their crops.
- Our family avoids GMOs and animal by-products, so our hens do, too. Hens love corn and soybeans—but most of those grown in this country come from genetically modified seeds. And we’d rather not have our hens’ feed “enhanced” with “rendered animal products” like slaughterhouse waste. Going organic avoids them all.
- Better for the environment we all live in. Organic farming practices focus on reducing pollution, maintaining healthy soil, and conserving water and other precious resources. These mindful steps help ensure our children, and generations to come, will continue to have safe food and a healthy planet to live on.
- It’s surprisingly affordable. Sure, organic costs a little more – but it’s a fair price for bringing healthy eggs to market without shortcuts. A safe, wholesome Pete & Gerry’s organic egg costs only a few nickels more than a conventionally-raised one. We think you’ll agree it’s worth it!