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Eggs in Purgatory

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  • Whole Foods Eggs give new meaning to the saying, "A good egg".
  • Offering eggs from only cage–free hens since 2004. And since 2005, all of the products made in Whole Foods’ kitchens, bakeries and commissaries use only cage-free eggs as well.
  • Brown or white? Egg nutrition comes from diet. The color of an egg is determined by the breed of chicken.
  • Raised on family-run farms with access to the outdoors on a healthful diet of organically grown grains, including corn, soybeans and alfalfa with no animal by-products.




Rob McConnell says ...
Please don't feed your chickens soy. It's not good for them or their eggs. I will not buy your eggs again until I know they're soy-free. Sincerely, Rob
01/14/2009 1:58:39 AM CST
Kelly says ...
"Cage-free" is not the same as "free-range," which is part of why I purchase my eggs from the farmer's market, not Whole Foods. As Whole Foods states on its website, "all of the hens that provide our private Label eggs are kept in a hen house." While it states that the hens are provided with as much natural light as possible, "Artificial light is used to supplement natural light, when needed, to fulfill the 16 hours per day." This may be better than cages, but it's hardly "the outdoors" that free range hens enjoy, where they eat natural grass (not soy) and insects (which make for healthier, nutrient rich eggs) and enjoy the fresh air and sun that is just as central to their happiness and well being as ours. With regard to the comment above, despite, the popularity of soy in the last decade, unfermented soy products are unhealthy. Just read, Nourishing Traditions.
03/11/2009 11:38:28 PM CDT
Joe Runde says ...
I find it frustrating that both in Washington state (Seattle area) and here in Connecticut (West Hartford), I have been able, until the last few months, to get free-range eggs at my local stores. Now it is cage free only. It seems like Whole Foods is aspiring to be Half Foods. Next thing you know, you'll be co-opt by IGA.
06/23/2009 4:25:32 PM CDT
Christine Pierre says ...
Hi You are saying cage-free eggs. whether they are cage-free or not they are still dairy products aren't they? Why if someone is requesting a recipe that is vegan would you all sometimes put cage-free eggs? Thanks
07/29/2009 8:19:02 AM CDT
hsiaw says ...
Our vegan products do not contain any animal products, including cage-free eggs. Our products are clearly labeled to help our customers make informed decisions based on their dietary preferences and needs. Thanks for your concern!
07/29/2009 10:04:56 AM CDT
Magi says ...
What do "access to the outdoors" and "family farms" mean, specifically? What are the qualifications? I am new to this game and have read that access can mean the chickens are confined in unhealthy numbers to a small warehouse room with no light, no windows, standing in their own filth, and a two by two exit in a corner means they're 'cage free' and 'free range' chickens. Thanks.
10/07/2009 12:57:10 PM CDT
Think Again says ...
All I want is to buy eggs from REAL free range hens! But no! The whole industry and all the "humane" "free range" certification has become a joke. Humane can mean the hens are kept in a shed all their lives, and "free range" can mean they have a tiny cat-door at the end of a huge stinky shed leading to a 8 foot square caged concrete slab! Why cant whole foods stock eggs with a clear simple guarantee that the hens are raised in a pasture?????
12/14/2010 9:40:34 PM CST
Lucy Davis says ...
Do you carry SOY FREE eggs? I did see them once in your market in Reno, NV but did not see them the last time I was there. Thank you, Lucy
12/04/2011 10:05:06 AM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Lucy Since each store sources their products a little differently, the best way to learn if your community Whole Foods Market offers the soy free eggs is to reach out to them directly. The link below will help you identify the contact information for your store and a Team Member there will be happy to chat with you about the eggs. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores
12/05/2011 11:43:05 AM CST
Andrea Griswold says ...
Which family run farms are the chickens raised on? The Cornucopia Institute only give you a rating of 1 out of 5 on your 365 Organic Eggs, they say that you are not being forthcoming with your supplier information. Can you please be more transparent so we as concerned consumers can feel better about buying your eggs? I will not be buying your 365 organic eggs until I feel comfortable about where they come from and how they are treated.
01/27/2012 10:22:00 AM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Andrea Since we source our eggs locally as much as possible this information will change pretty much store to store. To get the best, most accurate information regarding the organic eggs available to you at your community Whole Foods Market, I encourage you to reach out to your store directly. The below link will help you identify the contact information for your store where a Team Member will be happy to tell you which farm our 365 Organic Eggs come from. Thanks for reaching out! www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores
01/27/2012 2:27:30 PM CST
Cameron says ...
Whole Foods Markets in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana will begin carrying Jeremiah Cunningham's World's Best Eggs Organic Pasture-Raised Soy-Free Eggs (whew, that's a mouthful!) this very week!
02/08/2012 4:32:57 PM CST
Kate says ...
I, too, am looking for soy-free eggs and chicken (in other words, not fed a diet of soy). While I occasionally shop at Whole Foods, I'd shop at Whole Foods every week for my whole family if you offered soy-free eggs and chicken. Thank you for your consideration of this suggestion, Kate
09/15/2012 7:44:32 AM CDT
LO says ...
Cage free only has to mean hens are running around in an enclosed space. They are not outdooors and not eating a natural diet. Soy is poison. Why would I want to eat an egg based on soy that I myself cannot eat? I do not eat grains. Same there. If I am going to settle for Cage Free, I will pay Trader Joe or WalMart prices. They have those same eggs. I frankly I would trust Trader Joe more.
07/02/2014 8:11:21 AM CDT