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Industrial vs organic and farm eggs – what’s the difference?

Industrial vs organic and farm eggs – what’s the difference?

Chickens
According to the United Egg Producers poultry organization, almost 95 percent of chickens are raised in an industrial setting. These hens are confined in small cages, under conditions of close surveillance, many of them with more than 100,000 birds in one place. If these studies surprise you, chances are that the dozen organic eggs that you usually buy in the supermarket come from chickens that live in conditions similar to those in a factory. The United States is the largest supplier of eggs and poultry in the world, with nearly 100 billion eggs produced each year [source: USDA]. This gives people a wide selection to choose from, but for many conscientious consumers, picking up eggs at the grocery store is more than just opening the box and checking for cracks. While price and conditio...