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The Free Range Fraud

Posted on: September 6, 2009

Eggs packaged and sold as free range in South Australia cost double the price of  eggs from cage birds but there are millions more eggs than there are registered flocks. So a blind man can see where the extra free range eggs have come from.

.After 22 years in Asia, Risk Consultant to Insurers at Lloyds, I have had some first hand experience with both Foremost Farms and San Miguel risk surveys for poultry operations, both free range and confinement and subsequent processing and packaging. Either of these operations are 4-5 times larger than Australia. However, if ultimately it is the nutrition values of one egg over the other then the difference is clear. But if open space, fresh air, dust baths and a comfortable tree,sunlight, exercise, and supplementary feed from organic origins is making no difference to the nutrition value of the egg, then is there a deception to justify the price? Why go to all that trouble if it makes no difference to the nutrition value of the egg? If it is just the welfare of the birds then say so. To remain credible after disclosure that organic is being exploited by the main to upset the organic free range movement,then proof of nutrition advantage by independent analysis is vital otherwise an egg is just an egg. The comfort and well being of the bird is entirely a different matter and it is time to go around the free range cult to consider the risks of another pandemic of bird flu which has its origins in the squalid conditions of Asian backyards and flocks of a thousand or more ducks free in the paddy.. China has buried over 12,000 birds in a disease outbreak in February 09


1 Response to "The Free Range Fraud"

I don’t know If I said it already but …Hey good stuff…keep up the good work! 🙂 I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,)

A definite great read..Jim Bean

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