Cage-Free, Free-Range, Pasture-Raised. What’s the difference? Spoiler! Pasture-raised is the best.
No Label: The chickens were caged their whole lives in a space smaller than a sheet of printer paper. They are fed unnatural GMO grains.
Cage-Free: The chickens weren’t raised in cages. They have one square foot of space to move around. They can still be raised in a tiny space in a building crowded with chickens with no access to the outdoors.
Free-Range: The chickens were allowed access to the outdoors, but you don’t know for how long. They can be crowded in warehouses with one tiny door where most chickens can’t even reach. They may also eat GMO grains.
Pasture-Raised: This is the best one to choose. These chickens are raised in the outdoors in the pasture where they can eat bugs and insects like they were naturally evolved to do, instead of being crowded in a warehouse eating GMO grains.
Benefits of Pasture-Raised Chicken Eggs: Pasture-raised eggs have twice the amount of healthy Omega-3 fats compared to regular eggs. They also have higher nutrition. GMO grains are pro-inflammatory and cause the animals to have more Omega-6. Pasture-raised eggs also have more vitamin E and vitamin A. Almost half of feedlot, caged animal meats in the United States have antibiotic-resistant Staph bacteria. So it is best to buy pasture-raised chicken eggs and meat.