Saturday, July 10, 2010

Organic Eggs: More Expensive, But no Healthier

Buy your eggs from a local farmer or raise chickens yourself; it's the only way
to be sure that your food is safe to eat.

Organic Eggs: More Expensive, but No Healthier
By Jeffrey Kluger
Thursday, Jul. 08, 2010

This year, like every year, has been a busy one for America's chickens. What the birds lack in smarts they make up for in work ethic, laying about 78 billion eggs annually (or 6.5 billion dozen), supplying a $7 billion industry. GM should be doing so well.

Like any other workers, hens turn out economy, premium and luxury products — known as factory, cage-free and organic eggs — and consumers pay accordingly. A recent survey conducted in one random city — Athens, Ga. — found factory eggs going for $1.69 per dozen, cage-free for $2.99 to $3.59, and organic for $3.99 to a whopping $5.38.

But it's worth it to pay more because you're getting a healthier product, right? Wrong. Most of the time, according to a just-released study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the eggs are indistinguishable. When there is a difference, it's often the factory eggs that are safer. (See pictures of chefs at work in the fields where their food is grown.)

The study, led by food technologist Deana Jones, ...

PLEASE READ THE ARTICLE:,8599,2002334,00.html?xid=newsletter-daily

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