In Support of Eggs, and How to Never Worry About Salmonella

If you keep up with the mainstream media’s “news” to even a small degree, you probably heard about the massive salmonella egg recall in the United States during the summer of 2010.

As of August 25th, 2010, the number of eggs recalled is 380 MILLION eggs.  That is a pretty staggering number, and this won’t be the last time we see a salmonella scare with commercially farmed eggs.  It certainly isn’t the first time something similar has occurred, but there is a simple solution to the “egg problem” that I will share with you in a moment.

Why does this happen?  Are eggs inherently dangerous?

The one thing that none of the “news” reports about this problem tell the public is that the reason salmonella and other egg-borne diseases infect our food supply is because of the practices used in the factory “farms” producing these eggs.  Calling them farms is a cruel joke, actually.

First, here is a quick news report from the mainstream:

It isn’t really shown in the “news” story above, but factory egg laying hens are kept in extremely small, crowded spaces without any ability to stretch, roam, exercise, or do any of the activities of a normal, healthy chicken.  Here are a couple videos showing the “living” conditions these hens are subjected to.

This video shows “positive spin” on factory egg farms (note the crowded conditions these hens live in).

This video shows a very troubling inside look at egg factories.  (Warning: this video contains very disturbing footage showing hens being killed.  Don’t watch this if you are easily upset.)

Is it any wonder that disease is rampant among these neglected (and abused) animals?  Of course not — Any rational analysis of this type of “farming” will quickly determine that disease is the inevitable consequence of such abuse and neglect.

The solution:  Farm fresh, locally grown eggs from happy chickens

Some people adopt a vegan diet as a way to counter the trend of factory animal abuse.  However, many people’s bodies are not bio-chemically suited for vegan eating, myself included.

Individual bio-chemistry set aside, I am of the opinion that farm fresh eggs are one of the best sources of protein and Omega 3 fats that a person can eat.  Put another way, eggs are fantastic brain food, especially the yolks.

I have been eating more eggs than ever recently, and I have absolutely no fear of salmonella poisoning because I purchase my eggs from a local organic chicken farmer who takes great care of her hens.

I have taken a tour of the farm to see first-hand how these chickens live, and they are living very well.  They have a huge outdoor area to roam in, exercise, play and socialize.  (Yes, chickens really do play and socialize.)  They are fed a wide-ranging diet, including foraging for worms and grubs, eating wild grasses, etc.  This isn’t a small farm either  —  She has over 1000 chickens and they are all very well cared for.

The yolks of these eggs are a deep orange-gold color, and they taste delicious.  I often like to have my yolks raw, something that I will only do with eggs that I know are fresh and come from healthy chickens.

I encourage you to stop buying your eggs at the supermarket and get them same-day fresh from a local farmer.  You might have to drive a little extra distance, but it will be well worth it.  Once you have tasted farm fresh organic eggs that are only a day or two old, I think you will never want to eat a supermarket egg again…even if they are organic.

Support your local organic chicken farmers.  The chickens will thank you, plus your brain and body will be better nourished because of your extra effort.

To your great health,
Cameron Day

2 comments to In Support of Eggs, and How to Never Worry About Salmonella

  • Frances

    What alternatives do vegans have to enhance their brains nutritionally if they oppose the consumption of eggs?

  • For vegans, the only alternatives that I am aware of are coconut oil (that’s where I would start), Udo’s oil and “Sacha Inchi” oil. Udo’s and Sacha Inchi should be easy to find in your favorite search engine.