What Eggs Weshop Sold Before Campaign and our Proposal
for the Future:
Sold before campaign:
Valley: Independently certified organic, free-range
1. 100% certified organic feeds.
2. 1.75 square feet (252 sq in) per bird in the hen house.
3. Uninterrupted supply of clean water.
4. Some natural light in the house.
5. Adequate ventilation to prevent ammonia build-up.
6. Access to the outdoors when seasonally appropriate.
7. Outdoor area providing five square feet per bird.
8. Egg storage area holding 60 degrees or less with a thermometer present.
There are additional recommended practices as well.
Organic Valley does not practice debeaking or force-molting.
Dairy: "Farm fresh" aka battery eggs
Unreceptive to our inquiries about where they get their eggs from and
the conditions that hens are raised in - they flat out refused to divulge
information and neglected to call back. Eventually they did tell
us that they got eggs from two other farms. Yet, one of the farms
they said they got eggs from doesn't actually produce eggs anymore and
gets their "farm fresh" eggs from New York.
New choice that emerged from EON working with Weshop during campaign:
Farmer Brown's: Fertile, free-running
Produced by Coll's Farm in Jaffery, New Hampshire
Eggs are laid by hens inside large barn assemblies. They're allowed
a few feet per hen and free movement over a large floor area, and six to
eight roosters are mixed in with every hundred hen to ensure a baseline
level of fertility. Their more expensive organic brands do use organic
feed, however. Water and feed are available at all times. No minimum
space for birds or third party monitoring. No access to outdoors.
Not organic. No debeaking or force-molting. Their feed consists
of non-organic corn and soybeans, but they don't use any growth hormones.
|Weshopís sales for the week of April 7-13
% Before campaign
|124 dozen battery eggs
|80 dozen free-running eggs
|42 half-dozen organic free-range
|225 dozen eggs sold total
(Email from Weshop Director Joe LaChance dated
April 21, 2003)
Our proposal for the future:
||Organic free-range eggs from Organic Valley, the current brand sold
at Weshop, will cost students $3.00 to $3.50/dozen.
||Organic free-range eggs from EggInnovations will cost students $3.00
||Organic free-range eggs from local farmer will cost students $3.00