Buying the best chicken and eggs

You want to do the right thing when it comes to buying food, right? Meaning you want to choose healthy foods that are good for your body, your family, the birds, the bees, and the planet.

Me too! 

That’s why I interviewed Ryan Merck, who is an expert in organic agriculture and organic certifications. If you missed the introduction to this series of videos, find it here.

This week’s lesson is all about chicken and eggs, and what labels to look for in the grocery store.

Here’s a quick summary of what you need to know:

  1. Buy local whenever you can, from a farm where you can see the chickens walking around, doing what chickens do…scratching the dirt, pecking at bugs, clucking, etc.
  2. If in the grocery store, look for these three labels: USDA Organic, American Humane Certified, and Animal Welfare Approved.
  3. The organizations behind American Humane Certified and Animal Welfare Approved have set rules about “stocking densities,” which means the chickens will not be crammed in too tightly. And the Animal Welfare Approved label applies for any livestock you might buy from a farm.

Here’s what those logos look like so you can find them easily in the store.


Check out what Ryan had to say on this topic in this seven-minute video.

If you want to know more about choosing real, whole, quality foods that are also good for the planet, check out my e-course Five Star Eating! When you join, you join for life, and have access to two “reboots” per year with me and all the Five Star graduates. It’s amazing what you can do with community support!

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