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Florencia Ramirez

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Organic, Conventional, Cage-Free, Free-Range, Pasture-Raised. What does it all mean?

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Episode Summary How many eggs do you think the average American eats? The answer might surprise you. It's 250 eggs per year. If you calculate 250 eggs per year and multiply by the average water footprint of one egg, which is 23 gallons of water the total is 5,750 gallons of water per year per person.   The largest share of water to produce eggs flows to the fields of grain.  According to the USDA, chickens are a major feed grain user. Chickens, whether raised for meat or raised for eggs eat, approximately 100 billion pounds of feed every year.  My goal for this episode is for you to have all the information you need to purchase your next carton of eggs that saves water. I will walk you through the difference between organic and conventional eggs and decide whether or not you believe they are worth the extra cents.  I will break down the difference between cage-free and plain old eggs, in other words when no label of cage-free, free-range, or pasture-raised is listed. And finally, in this episode, I break down the difference between free-range and pasture-raised eggs and why discerning true pasture-raised eggs take a little effort on your part because the USDA does not currently offer any clear guidelines for egg laying hens. In the episode, I mention Coyote Creek Farms as a great model for true pasture-raised eggs. They offer a guide on what to look for when you search the websites of farms near you.  Links and resources: Download FREE the TEN TIPS to EAT LESS WATER SUMMER PARTY PLANNING GUIDE for all the tips, steps, and info on how to celebrate like a kitchen activist with your friends and family. Find gifts designed to serve well-being at the Eat Less Water Shop. Get a copy of the EAT LESS WATER book Celebrate summer with DRY FARM WINE. They curate delicious, low-sugar, organic wine from biodynamic farms around the globe. Learn more in my podcast episode HOW TO BUY YOUR NEXT BOTTLE OF WINE. Sign up with this link to receive an extra bottle for one penny with your first order! Make sure you hit SUBSCRIBE so you don’t miss out on future episodes released every Monday and (water) Wednesday.

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