I love eggs.
In a sandwich, over easy, scrambled, in a cookie, in a cake, for breakfast, for dinner…I think you get the picture.
Until about a year ago, I was buying the eggs you get in a carton for $1.19-$1.50. I would get the cheapest carton and not look back.
Binks, when he would go grocery shopping with me, would repeatedly say, you should buy the ‘better’ eggs. The ‘better’ eggs were $4.00-$7.00 per carton. I wasn’t having it.
He would say this repeatedly until one day…
…one day he said, “You know you should really buy the ‘better’ eggs. It’s healthier for us.”
I said in response, “Okay, I’ll buy the ‘better’ eggs for us, but will use the ‘regular’ eggs for when I bake or when it’s not the main part of a meal.”
Binks said, “You should think about what the chicken had to go through to give you that egg. Is it worth it?”
I was speechless. And, just like that – something clicked.
Mind you – I knew about the plight of most chickens in this country – whether it be chickens used for chicken or eggs. It’s devastating and inhumane. Yet, despite knowing, I was able to turn my back on buying ‘regular’ eggs just to save a few dollars. I just didn’t make the connection between my food choices and it’s effect on a much bigger and growing problem.
Most chickens in the United States never see the light of day. They are stacked one on top in an area surrounded by their own feces. The abuse that these poor animals go through is unnecessary at the very least.
Please note – I’m not a vegetarian, and while I try to reduce my intake of meat and meat-related products, I do know that being a meat-eater does not excuse me from being responsible for other members of my planet and to make right decisions when it comes to my meals.
Now, whether it be sunny side up, scrambled, hard-boiled, or in a cookie (again, you get it), I will make sure that the eggs come from a chicken that lived like a chicken should – outside, eating grass, had room to run around, and were humanely treated.
My free-range, grass-fed, room-to-run Egg-In-The Basket
This is the first time I made an ‘egg in the basket’! And, I have to say – it’s a keeper.
What about you? How much importance do you place on where your food comes from? What changes have you made for yourself with regard to food choices?