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Organic eggs are so expensive because the chickens eat fancy imported food

Organic eggs are so expensive because the chickens eat fancy imported food

There are lots of reasons to pony up a few extra dollars for organic eggs — they have those rich, deep yellow yolks, for instance, and you get the satisfaction of knowing the chickens who laid them lived better lives than the chickens who laid the sad non-organic eggs. But man, they are spendy. One reason, Dan Charles reports at NPR , that organic eggs are expensive is that the chickens eat fancy imported food. American farmers aren’t growing enough organic feed to feed the chickens that produce organic eggs: Most chickens eat feed made from ground-up corn and soybeans, but America’s farmers are not growing enough organic corn and soybeans — especially soybeans — to feed the country’s organic animals. … It’s led to the following situation, which on the face of it seems bizarre. The U.S., a soybean superpower, ships conventional soybeans all over the world to feed animals i...

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