Recently I took my hippie-dom and my craigslisting to whole new heights.
Ready for it?
I bought some eggs from a posting I saw on craigslist. Craigslist gives some of my friends the shudders so I can only imagine the mini earthquake they're having right now.
If anyone is interested in the reasons, here goes. If you have a hippie radar, it's about to get loud (just warning you). Several months ago I decided to stop buying the most basic of eggs at the supermarket. I no longer could feel good about myself buying eggs from chickens living in atrocious environments with atrocious diets. I no longer wanted to support those unsustainable farming practices and I no longer wanted to eat eggs that were devoid of the nutrition true eggs should have. Ultimately I would like to this with all my food, but eggs was one of the first things to change.
I have bought cage-free eggs since then. They are free of antibiotics and usually are fed a vegetarian diet. They are also more expensive, but that is something I have personally chosen to pay more for.
So why now did I go the craiglist route? Largely in part due to this article on Food Renegade. Even though the cage-free eggs are a step up from the basic eggs, there's a huge chance they still have no access to the outdoors. And the best part? The eggs from my craigslist friend are cheaper than the supermarket "cage-free" eggs. They are only $2 a dozen, whereas many supermarket eggs are $3-5.
I am one happy hippie. I am able to support someone locally, I know the chickens are healthy, and the eggs are full of nutrients.
And in case anyone is curious, I simply searched for "eggs."
Finally, has anyone seen Food, Inc? If not, I heartily recommend it! I saw this video yesterday and couldn't help but share it. Once you start getting into food politics, there aren't many happy updates. But this one made my heart smile.