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Still Eating "Organic?"

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Posted October 8, 2010 by Rachelle Owen

It’s easy to think that “organic” and “free range” mean that animals get a good life. Once upon a time, I believed it—and I’m sure some of you do too. Sadly, it’s just untrue. These terms, along with “cage-free” and others are meant to trick compassionate consumers into buying into an industry that exploits animals.

Don’t believe me?

Check out these gut-wrenching photos from the Organic Valley Farm in Wisconsin: They show birds in stinking, stifling, windowless warehouses, crammed so tightly together that they’re barely able to move—much less spread their wings, scratch in the dirt, or interact normally in any way.

Like many other facilities that raise young birds, this house in Southwest Wisconsin confines the animals, granting no outdoor access whatsoever, and provides virtually no natural light in the building. Photo by The Cornucopia Institute.

36,000 birds in an aviary system in Wisconsin, supplying Chino Valley Ranchers. The hens also have access to an outdoor run. Photo by The Cornucopia Institute.

“Organic” doesn’t mean that birds are allowed to be free. Cage-free does not mean free range, of course, and so the chickens can still be crammed into sheds and forced to suffer through having a part of their beak cut off, just like birds on factory farms. But “organic” does mean that the chickens aren’t fed antibiotics—leaving them all the more susceptible to illness in the filthy, poorly ventilated, crowded conditions.

The outside view of a 60,000 bird “organic” henhouse in Pennsylvania. The other side of the building has a small grassy porch as “outdoor access.” Photo by The Cornucopia Institute.

A two-story henhouse with tens of thousands of organic hens inside. The small, enclosed porch on the first floor provides “outdoor access” for the chickens on the second floor as well—it is accessible via a ramp that leads chickens down, single-file. Photo by The Cornucopia Institute.

Love animals? Don’t support this or any other industry that abuses them for profit. Go vegan!

Stay loud!
-Rachel


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  • 1345 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Hello everyone. I have a small request… please stay polite when responding to my questions, for I am looking for educated answers to help steer me in the right direction and help shed my opinions of any ignorance that might hinder the best decision making. In regards to the article above, this much I already knew, and view such egg sourcing as deplorable. However, there are other alternatives. For-instance, I purchase my eggs from a local farm where the chickens do indeed roam a vast field, are fed natural feed, I.e. insects, and their environment is kept clean and not overpopulated. With all this to reflect on would any of you still consider this an unethical decision of mine to purchase and consume eggs from a source such as this as well? I really would appreciate some feed back because I keep animal rights in the highest regard and want to live the most ethically sound life as possible.
    -thank you

  • 1784 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    this is outrageous! no more eggs for me!!!

  • 1785 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Check out this short 10 minute documentary about the ethics of eating organic free range meat:

    FREE RANGE:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMF5ZW2QvYg

  • 1785 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    eggs aren’t embryos, they’re not fertilised.

  • 1785 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    this is why when I buy eggs, they’re not just free range, they from chickens who roam in a more natural habitat with trees and massive fields etc

  • 1785 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Name says it all.

  • 1785 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    If people eat eggs at all, they really should buy locally so they can actually make sure and see that the chickens are free range and well treated, and that they are producing non-fertilized eggs.

  • 1785 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Eggs are embryos, gross.

  • 1785 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    wow this is unbelieveable, so sad I wish that we could really have a voice to washington and make people quit eating meat and killing animals. One day someone will come along and free the animals just like slaves were freed. why are people looking the other way for just the good taste of the meat and making jokes about eating it and people being at the top of the food chain you know what would be really funny if we are not the top of the food chain and there is something raising us to eat our souls. jokes on us huh????? something to think about for sure.

  • 1786 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    The only organic I eat is vegetables!

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