The humble egg is packed full of vitamins and nutrients and contain all the essential amino acids our bodies need in the right amounts - that surely can't be a coincidence.

Jam packed full of goodies they contain protein, Vitamin A, D, E, B12, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Antioxidants, Choline & Iron and are relatively inexpensive compared to other superfoods - costing  between $1 and $1.50 each! 

But the words used to describe how eggs are produced can be a little confusing and somewhat misleading, so we're here to cut through the jargon and break it down for you.

Organic, Certified Organic, or Biodynamic.
If you are wondering if the "organic" name on your eggs is legitimate - check it is accompanied by an organic certification. Some eggs producers will label their eggs as organic - but won't back it up with the certification. In some cases these can be from small farms that don't want to incur the expense of certification - but they adhere to organic practices. However it has been known that larger producers use the name, without the method to match. There is growing agitation about this mis-naming practice, but the legislation and rules are slow to change. So stick with certified organic eggs (like the ones we supply!)

For an egg to be certified organic - it must be from a free-range hen. The hen's must have access to pastures to roam and feed on, be free from synthetic additives, and any grain feed must also be organic. The Australian Organic Standard states a producer can only have 1500 birds per hectare.
Biodynamic is a form of organic certification. However, biodynamic practices are focused on farming with the cycles of our natural world. They take organic practices to the next level, and really strive to work in harmony with the power of the earth, and all its complexity.

All of the Eggs we have on offer at Lettuce Deliver are Certified Organic or Biodynamic.

Cage-Free, Free-Range, or Pastured.
Cage-free eggs, are from hens who are not confined to a cage to lay eggs. It doesn't mean they have access to fields to roam or natural daylight. Cage-free hens from commercial farms, are usually confined to warehouse like enclosures - not a lot of space to move!

Free-range was once considered a good option for eggs - many people still buy it in the belief that it allows the hens space to roam. But the national legislation for free-range eggs was updated in 2017, and now up to 10,000 hens can be kept per hectare - and their eggs can still be called free-range! that's only 1 square metre for each hen to roam.

Now we are seeing the pastured label being used by farms that run their chickens at low density (around 1,500 hens per hectare) in mobile houses (to enable to hens to be rotated through fresh paddocks - so they always have access to fresh pastures (grass). They do this to highlight the difference between their method and the more densely populated, commercial companies.

But if you are buying your eggs through us, rest assured that all our eggs are certified organic or biodynamic. Our individual suppliers do have different conditions on their properties, so check out the blurbs on our eggs next time your shopping to find out more about the hens laying your eggs.