Friday, January 10, 2014

You Pay What for eggs?

I shared a post earlier on the facebook page, you can see the image above, and it questioned how Americans daily pay upwards of $5 for fancy coffee drinks but refuse to pay sustainable farmers a decent price for their good - eggs, the post used as an example, at $5 a carton. Two people chimed in - one says that chickens are something anyone can have and get an egg a day from, another said they wouldn't pay the $5 for either.

My response:

Just "Anyone" cannot buy and raise a chicken in the USA and raise it properly - that is why most people buy factory farmed eggs - and they want sustainable farmers to charge the $2 a carton like the filthy factories charge. Outrageous. It is unfathomable to me anyone would even defend such a thing by saying coffee takes more to process, so is worth more. No. Sorry - hens must be raise to 4-6 months of age before they lay, 50% are males. The hens, even if raised free range, need supplemented feed that is hardly inexpensive, especially if organic or non-gmo. The hen will not lay an egg a day if she is a heritage breed animal and not kept under artificial lighting. The cost to feed the hen and care for the hen in a humane way is worth $5 a dozen for the 12 eggs she produces - Ask someone who does the chicken raising correctly - $3 a dozen may break one even in feed costs for a flock is broken down for a 12 month period. MIGHT. What makes you think anyone should get a product that doesn't even cover a farmer's time or allow profit? Therein lies the AMERICAN illusion and expectation of something for nothing. It is a VERY sad and common philosophy. People will pay $5 for a refined, corn syrup filled coffee drink made with factory farmed and GMO filled products at a coffee shop and balk at paying a sustainable farmer a decent price for a good product. Sad, to say the very least.



Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens

- Proverbs 27:23-27

"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares."

- George Washington