Cost Comparison:Eggs

December 16, 2010 Comments Off on Cost Comparison:Eggs

Even though I have been on a no sugar kick (painful but necessary) the holidays are here and the thing I love the most about the holidays is baking cookies, just in case you are interested, delicious and easy chocolatey cookie recipe here from Food Network. You obviously can’t make good cookies without eggs, or sugar, or chocolate in my opinion…but we will let eggs have the spot light, and just what is the price different between some farm fresh eggs and ones out of the grocery store?

 

Farm fresh eggs, one dozen $3.00 to $3.50

Regular eggs from large Argro Farms, one dozen: $2 to $2.50

So clearly the regular eggs win  in price, but in my opinion the farm fresh eggs taste better. This may be in my  head, but there is no denying that eggs that were laid this week and delivered to you are much fresher than ones, that are shipped from who knows where.

Plus eggs from industrial farms have a long history of health and animal right violations. Just some food for thought.

On the plus side just like consumer pressure had driven many large grocery chains(including Wal-Mart) to ban  the use of bovine growth hormanes in the milk of their suppliers( note: they don’t vouch for conditions of the animals)  there has been some response from grocery chains to buy more free range eggs(note that free range doesn’t always mean happy chickens.) So remember that you do make choices when you spend money in certain places, and that consumer demand is a key in either keeping industrial food systems in place, or creating better healthier food systems.

 

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