What’s the difference between caged and cage-free hens? Not much. The animals still spend their entire lives packed into a barn with hundreds of other hens, living their lives in just one square foot of space, on average. But because the public believes that cage-free is better, companies like McDonalds, Starbucks and Costco have embraced plans to phase out caged and heavily market cage-free eggs. As the egg-heavy Easter and Passover season is just around the corner, it’s important to know what you’re buying into when it comes to your eggs–and why pasture raised and free range eggs are better.
Is the time up for rBGH? I think so. Ben & Jerry’s banned recombinant bovine somatotropin–known as rBGH and rBST–in in 1989, at a time when big ice cream brands probably laughed at the folly as they added more and more of the milk hormone to the mix. But times they have a’ changed.
I just fell in love with a new kind of organic milk. No, it’s not soy—although I like that, too—and it’s not almond, either. And although it comes from a cow, it has about as much in common with the milk I used to drink as raw juice has with the stuff that comes in a box with a stuck-on straw. Because this milk is simply delicious. It’s rich, creamy and lip-smacking good. After decades of limiting the stuff to coffee, this makes me want to drink milk in a glass—or a jug. What is it? Raw milk, from the Organic Pastures dairy in California. But is it safe?