Learn to Read the Labels Over the Egg Carton

Learning to read the labels of any product in the store can be a little daunting. According to Alton Brown in a discussion on how the ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ labels often are very misleading, “As an example, a “free-range” label means that the poultry has access to the outdoors, but for no minimum time.”

This means a chicken producer could get away with opening the door for a brief period of time and still get away with calling his chickens free range, even though they may never have left the cage area.

So remember, learn labels and what they actually mean! Become a more educated consumer. And whenever possible, buy locally from someone you know — support a local, micro-economy!

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