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Cage-free vs. pasture-raised eggs: which is best?
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Pasture-Raised Eggs

When shopping for eggs, keep in mind that “cage-free” and “pasture-raised” are two different terms. According to Vital Farms, a leading producer of pasture-raised eggs, cage-free hens have about 1 square foot per bird with little or no access to the outdoors. On the other hand, pasture-raised hens have 108 square feet per hen and the opportunity to walk outside whenever they please. 

So for the most ethical choice, and if your budget allows, always opt for pasture-raised.