by MPD
Categories: Animals, Eats, Film/TV
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Food Network’s Ace of Cakes star Chef Duff Goldman is making a big move by switching all the eggs that his bakery uses to cage-free.

“Charm City Cakes is pleased to have switched to only using cage-free eggs, which is a great way to improve animal welfare and meet our customers’ expectations for being socially responsible,” stated Chef Duff, owner of the Baltimore-based, nationally-recognized company.

Chef Duff isn’t the only Food Network star going sans cage. Chef Guy Fieri switched all eggs served at his two California restaurants to cage-free in June 2010.

While cage-free certainly isn’t a perfect solution, hens in these facilities generally receive two or three times more space per bird than their caged counterpart. And for that, Chef Duff is being praised.

“The Humane Society of the United States is delighted that Chef Duff and Charm City Cakes have joined the national movement away from eggs from caged hens, which improves animal welfare, sustainability, and food safety,” said Josh Balk, outreach director of The HSUS’ factory farming campaign.

Our fingers are crossed that other Food Network stars join Chef Duff on his cage-free quest!

  • http://www.herwinsvegancafe.com herwin

    switching to “cage free” eggs is not a “big switch” but a very very small one, dont lets exagerate, eh.
    furthermore, it might be boring and a partypooper to hear, but “cage free” eggs (a very nice catchy expression though) are hardly any less cruel. I would say insignificantly less cruel.

    Instead of cramped in tiny cages, the hens are now cramped in big barns by the thousands, floors are littered with dead hens bodies, dead and half dead hens are tosses in bins (just google for undercover videos), beak still cut (to prevent canibalism), male chicks are still killed the day they are hatched. (that is many millions of male chicks a year, think about it..). when day comes to go to the slaughterhouse these hens are kicked and tosses in small crates, wings and legs broken, just like the “battery chickens”, etc.
    Who can call that life an improvement ? anyone who does is educating the public falsely, and only the egg industry will profit from it.

  • http://www.herwinsvegancafe.com herwin

    its a shame because many people really want to make a good and significant change.
    by claiming, like the HSUS does, that switching to “cage free” eggs, is a meaningful switch and helps improve animals life, The HSUS is misinforming people and good intentioned people might now take misinformed decision.
    Educate people with true facts,how immense cruel the whole industry is, not wishy washy egg-industry friendly one liners, and people will make educated decisions that trule improve animals life, AND their own life.

  • crumpets are yummy

    The answer is simple…everyone should just buy FREE RANGE preferably off a local. Better still buy your own chickens.

    I’m surprised anyone would be still paying for eggs that are not totally cruelty free…and if you are one of those people then shame on you!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Prejean/1389314167 Michael Prejean

      You are correct about one thing.
      The answer is simple:
      Go Vegan Now!
      http://www.govegannow.com/

    • http://www.herwinsvegancafe.com herwin

      you can buy “free range” but unless you see the chcikens for yourself you dont know what the “free range” actually means.

      just take a look what most likely commercial “free range” or “cage free” chickens are :

      http://vegina.wordpress.com/2010/06/09/prop-2-hasn%E2%80%99t-saved-the-chickens/

      besides that, NO MATTER WHAT, half of the newly hatched chicks, the males, are useless and will be rewarded a one way ticket to the shredder. These are staggering numbers, millions and millions of animals killed annually because they cant earn money with them.

      It’s so simple to really stop animal cruelty (at least in your personal life) and it takes only little effort, and that is to ditch all animal products.

      • http://www.herwinsvegancafe.com herwin

        the link abouve also has a quote and link from the Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization that suggests that after the capifornia prop 2, traditional cage eggs declined slightly but cage free egg consumption increased, and overal numbers of egg production INCREASED.

        The numbers suggests that promoting “cage free” eggs, only increases egg production, so MORE chickens in animal factories.

        If on the other hand only the cruelties of egg production is showed, people dont switch to “free cage” eggs, but simply go veg.

        It seems that by promoting “animal friendly” eggs (and milk, and meat) instead of people choosing for a veg lifestyle, they choose to continue eating eggs and milk and meat.

  • http://www.herwinsvegancafe.com herwin

    and by the way, that Duff Goldman dude comes from a pretty shady family, just take a look at his other family members..

    http://www.addamsfamily.com/addams/affest2.jpg

    • georgina

      Te-heeee…..

  • http://www.peacefulprairie.org/ Michael Prejean

    Who can really even tell the difference?

    “Free-Range” Hen

    • Debeaked with a hot bloody blade at one day old with no anesthetic.

    • Force molted (intentionally starved to shock the body into another laying cycle).

    • Violently packed into a semi and trucked hundreds of miles to an agonizing slaughter when considered “spent” (unable to keep laying eggs at a fast enough pace).

    • Denied the opportunity to live a natural life in truly humane care.

    • All of her brothers (roosters) are brutally killed as baby chicks simply because they can’t lay eggs.

    Battery Cage Hen

    • Debeaked with a hot bloody blade at one day old with no anesthetic.

    • Force molted (intentionally starved to shock the body into another laying cycle).

    • Violently packed into a semi and trucked hundreds of miles to an agonizing slaughter when considered “spent” (unable to keep laying eggs at a fast enough pace).

    • Denied the opportunity to live a natural life in truly humane care.

    • All of her brothers (roosters) are brutally killed as baby chicks simply because they can’t lay eggs.

    http://www.peacefulprairie.org/letter.html

  • georgina

    If people rrrrrreally want to be cruelty free when it comes to eggs then they need to start buying them from a facility where they have full view of the hens—such a small family farm—or go sans eggs. Cage free is nothing but a nice label that misleads consumers into thinking that hens have happy normal lives, but while cage-free MAY be a less cruel to confine hens it still is not humane and the hens are still warehoused.

    • georgina

      And the male chicks are ground up alive…

      • georgina

        And the hens don’t really get to dust bathe or perch.

  • D

    Let the holocaust continue…

    Let’s switch from one camp to another camp. Now we are compassionate people.

  • BenCat1000

    Tofu scramble…..yum.
    Bananas and applesauce are excellent substitutes for eggs in baking. There really is no need for humans to be eating eggs. Eating eggs is just a bad habit, and not a healthy habit. It is impossible to get away from the serious cruelty involved with how chickens are raised.
    Eggs = Cruelty.

    EGG, MILK AND MEAT EATERS: LET’S LEAVE THE ANIMALS ALONE ALREADY! THEY DON’T DO ANYTHING TO HURT ANYONE AND YET THEY ARE ABUSED CONSTANTLY!

  • Dr. Barnes

    A new study may make sustainable foodies feel like they’ve got egg all over their faces. According to scientists at the National Cheng Kung University School of Medicine in Taiwan, free-range eggs are not as healthy as conventionally produced eggs.

    Taiwanese scientists tested levels of pollutants in cage-free eggs and compared them to pollutant levels in regular eggs. According to their research, free-range eggs contained 5.7 times more dioxins and other environmental pollutants than conventionally produced eggs. Dioxins are hormone-disrupting toxins that can cause reproductive and developmental problems, immune system damage, and cancer. While most of people’s dioxin exposure does come from food, it’s definitely not an ingredient you want swimming around in your omelet.
    Free roaming chickens suffer more stress, live shorter lives, and produce eggs with less nutrients than caged chickens. In fact they are more prone to salmonella and avian flue. What chefs and other restaurants fail to realize is that the animal rights movement doesn’t want you to use any animal or part there of. So by catering to them you hasten your own demise.

    Humans are omnivores and are meant by biology to eat both meat and plants. This is a very serious and dangerous cult movement in the US. In developing countries more than 12 million children die every year from protein deficiency. Now we are seeing this happening in the US to children of strict vegan parents. Do not buy into this cult. As for soy one cup has more hormones than 5 birth control pills and causes deformations of the sex organs in male children and interferes with their own testosterone levels.

    • http://www.ecorazzi.com Michael dEstries

      “But while this study examines a worthwhile topic, it fails to put the whole situation into context. Free-range chickens get to roam around outdoors, nibbling on plants and insects, so it makes sense that they might be exposed to more environmental pollutants than caged chickens, who spend their whole lives trapped inside. But the story doesn’t stop there: Because free-range chickens get outside, some research shows that their eggs boast health benefits over conventional eggs. Mother Earth News conducted a study comparing free-range and traditional eggs. The publication found that cage-free eggs contained about one-third less cholesterol and one-quarter less saturated fat than regular eggs. Free-range eggs also boasted higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin E, and beta carotene.”

      Link: http://food.change.org/blog/view/are_free-range_eggs_less_healthy_than_regular_eggs

      • http://www.herwinsvegancafe.com herwin

        very nice but this Razzi topic is about Cage Free chickens.

        please have a look at the Wonderful World of Cage Free chikcens

        http://vegina.wordpress.com/2010/06/09/prop-2-hasn%E2%80%99t-saved-the-chickens/

        it also shows a video with so called Free Range chickens.

        it doesnt fit with the pink fluffy description that has been quoted :

        “Free-range chickens get to roam around outdoors, nibbling on plants and insects”

        “nibbling” and “roaming”, the choiche of words is laughable and comes straight from the PR department.