Free Range Local
Find small-scale family-owned poultry farms on the Local Harvest Map. Zoom in or radius filter to find egg suppliers close to you.
FlavourCrusader.com, a premier food blog, have created a handy list of small-scale family-owned poultry farms. See post below.
“The Australian Egg Corporation, which represents most egg farmers, this week sent new draft standards to producers, which would allow a free-range egg farm to run as many as 20,000 chickens per hectare,” reported The Land.
Three producers—Novo, Pace Farm, Manning Valley—dominate the egg industry; they account for well over half the free-range eggs sold in Australia. Some come from flocks of up to 120,000 birds. The happy chickens on pasture printed on the label of many supermarket free-range brands are only that. Printed on the label.
Industry is keen to streeeetch the limits of what “free-range” is. There is no enforceable common standard to ensure the animals have been near a paddock (let alone a blade of grass).
So what’s to do?
Free Range Egg and Poultry Association of Australia, RSPCA and Australian Certified Organic certify free-range egg producers. They have clearly defined standards (check their websites) and regularly inspect the farms. However, the most rigorous standards are provided by Humane Choice; these would meet consumer expectations of free range farming.
Alternatively, know your farmer. … more
See this useful comparison table for what to look for when buying free range eggs, from Sustainable Table.
See these listings on the Local Harvest Map.