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A lot of consumers think they are doing a good thing by buying cage-free eggs. And they are. Supporting growers who provide more humane conditions for their chickens is a positive thing. But if you conjure up a vision of chickens pecking in a pasture when you reach for that carton of cage-free eggs, think again. Cage-free does not mean chickens roam freely, or even that they have access to the outdoors.
This article about the largest egg producer in Oregon expanding cage-free to 8 percent of its total production offers a good examination of the issue. Check out the photos of a cage-free henhouse teeming with some 40,000 chickens.

Buy Fresh Buy LocalThe Buy Fresh Buy Local plan connects farmers and consumers in direct marketing. This is another excellent step in expanding the local food movement in Central Oregon.
http://www.cascadebusnews.com/news-pages/e-headlines/3371-connecting-farmers-chefs-and-local-food

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