5.11.2010

30 Minutes - Egg Myths: Free Range Eggs vs. Free Range Hens

Hi. It's Joe.

I saw an article on YAHOO today about eggs and egg myths.

Before I go on about that subject, I just want to let you know that the software I use to better integrate my human brain with the Internet brain, called DOMAIN SAMURAI (it's free...), has been updated, fixing a few bugs related to Google's paradigm shift. That probably makes no sense, so let me briefly explain.

The purpose of this blog is to CONNECT my experience of the cosmos with yours. It is a two-way connection if you choose to interact by COMMENTING on this blog below each post (I always respond). Google, and other search engines, catalog web sites (including blogs) based on their textual content, primarily by scouring the Internet (brain) for sites that contain keywords and keyword phrases that people are seeking on the Web.

In order to maximize KARMA, I would like my blog to connect with the most people possible. Then the shared universal experience will be much greater. So for any given subject I am covering, I want to include some relevant keywords and keyword phrases that other REAL people are actually looking for on the Internet. That's what CONNECTING is all about, right?

Google loves keywords, and it uses them (and several other variables) to rank Web sites every time someone searches for something. If a site contains the search word or phrase and appears to Google to be an "important" site, it will rank higher on Web searches and more people are likely to see it and come visit the site. If they visit this site, the universal consciousness expands. So that is why I like using proper keywords in my posts.

So the software I mentioned basically lets me type in a topic word or phrase, then it goes out and essentially asks Google, "Hey Google! This Joe guy wants to make his blog more accessible to people searching the web for [THIS TOPIC]. What keywords and keyword phrases would you suggest?" Google, after making me (via the software) type in a CAPTCHA to ensure I am not a SPAMMER, runs its algorithm and returns information on keywords and phrases that would be likely to score HITS on Google searches. It sorts them by number of Web sites containing the words as well as the Web sites that have the words as part of the title, such as http://www.freerangeeggs.com.

This is great, because my posts are clearly off the beaten topical path. So I can find keywords and phrases that are best suited to MY readers and not have to compete with the 10 million other Web pages with more mainstream content. I mean, if the owner of a free range farming (Ding, ding, ding!) operation really wants to research free range hens (Ding, ding, ding!) and free range eggs (Ding, ding, ding!) to find the best chicken feeders (Ding, ding, ding!) to use for their free range poultry (Ding, ding, ding!) farm, I would rather they stumble upon someone else's more relevant web site. My site is simply about building KARMA and expanding universal consciousness, via whatever means, in this case free range poultry farming.

What would Buddha do?

Optimally, once you get here, you will SUBSCRIBE to this blog and create a "permanent" neural connection with me via the Internet brain. Because if you don't subscribe, and just drift away, then only by random chance will you stumble upon this site again, if you happen to search a word or phrase on a search engine for which my blog has relevant content.

I would posit to you that just by connecting with me regularly for two minutes or less per day (about the time it takes to read a typical "10 Minutes" post) our collective universal consciousness is increased.

Think about it. If everyone lived in a vacuum and never interacted, what a dull and lifeless world this would be. Life and consciousness depends on everything being intertwined in some way, however small. Even though we are all technically "alone," we are also all technically "one." "ONENESS" is part of "alONENESS."

I just came up with that now. Clever, eh?

Well, that's touchy-feely enough for now. About free range eggs...

Let's start with the fact that there is no such thing as a free range egg. Eggs don't have legs and they rarely if ever see the light of day. And they don't "see" either because they don't have eyes. When we talk about free range eggs we are really talking about free range hens.

The YAHOO article only hinted at the fact that regulating what constitutes "free range" farming of any kind is very difficult. For example, at Thanksgiving you might see "free range turkeys" at the grocery store, much more expensive than the "imprisoned turkeys." But to be a free range turkey only means that the turkey has to have access to pasture for some time during its short, pitiful life. The rest of the time it can be cooped up (I guess pun would be intended there...) with thousands of other turkeys under horrible conditions.

Except when the occasional PETA infiltrator manages to get a job in one of these meat factories, we really have no clue what goes on. Because chickens and turkeys are usually raised on private corporate farms, they can't be regularly audited, except by the historically under-staffed and grafted USDA.

The YAHOO article also says there is no difference between brown eggs and white eggs. In terms of whether they come from free range hens, this is probably true. Brown eggs are not somehow magically organic or healthier just by being brown. It depends on the color of the hen. Albino hens lay white eggs. It is that simple.

However, I think the article is wrong about one thing. It says there is no difference in cooking characteristics between brown and white eggs.

From my experience, I have noticed that brown eggs tend to crack more unevenly, and will often leave shell fragments in the egg whites that drop into the frying pan. Has anyone else noticed this? Comment below. I'd like to see if this is a real phenomenon, or just a random fluke of my cooking endeavors. See, that's us CONNECTING our small plots of COSMOS via the Internet brain.

So if you are going to eat eggs, know the facts on organic vs. conventional, brown vs. white, free range vs. not so. Or don't. Just buy what's cheap and ecological footprint be damned. It's your (shared) life.

Truly free range hens tend to lay eggs that are richer in nutrients like vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. But (Debbie Downer...), eggs that are labeled as being high in omega-3 fatty acids are NOT necessarily from free range hens. The hens are usually just fed a grain diet that has omega-3 fatty acids added to it, perhaps in the form of flax seed or flax oil.

So if you want to get omega-3 fatty acids, perhaps you should just use a flax oil supplement and buy/eat regular old plain white eggs (if you can stomach the animal cruelty that goes into most of them).

Time.

2 comments:

  1. "Free-Range" Eggs – Can You Tell The Difference?




    "Free-Range" Hen

    • Debeaked with a hot bloody blade at one day old with no anesthetic.

    • Force molted (intentionally starved to shock the body into another laying cycle).

    • Violently packed into a semi and trucked hundreds of miles to an agonizing slaughter when considered “spent” (unable to keep laying eggs at a fast enough pace).

    • Denied the opportunity to live a natural life in truly humane care.

    • All of her brothers (roosters) are brutally killed as baby chicks simply because they can’t lay eggs.


    Battery Cage Hen

    • Debeaked with a hot bloody blade at one day old with no anesthetic.

    • Force molted (intentionally starved to shock the body into another laying cycle).

    • Violently packed into a semi and trucked hundreds of miles to an agonizing slaughter when considered “spent” (unable to keep laying eggs at a fast enough pace).

    • Denied the opportunity to live a natural life in truly humane care.

    • All of her brothers (roosters) are brutally killed as baby chicks simply because they can’t lay eggs.

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  2. I can't see the difference here. What is it?

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