UK (PRWEB UK) 26 February 2013
It would cost consumers just £5.55 a year to make the switch from cage-farmed to free-range eggs, new research has revealed.
The average cost of battery and caged eggs has increased by 40% in the past 12 months, due to tighter EU regulations affecting caged egg productions, switching to free-range has never a been more cost-effective choice for consumers. Despite rising food costs, eggs remain one of the most cost-effective sources of protein and nutrients available, with the average person consuming 185 eggs each year.
A recent study by Compassion in World Farming (CiWF) found that animal products produced through higher welfare farming, including free-range eggs, contained higher levels of antioxidants and Omega-3 then those from factory farmed systems.
The research, conducted by Yorkshire Farmhouse, the UK’s largest producer of free-range eggs, found the cost of switching from caged to free-range eggs to be much lower than consumers’ perceptions. The perception of free-range eggs has traditionally been that they are considerably more expensive than the cage-farmed alternatives.
Free-range farming systems allow the hens constant daytime access to fresh pastures and to exhibit their natural behaviour, including dust-bathing, foraging among the woods and to supplement their diet with grass, worms and insects, compared with cage-farmed hens.
Adrian Potter, Yorkshire Farmhouse Director, said: “This new research shows just how affordable making the switch to free-range eggs can be. We understand that while many people support higher-welfare farming, they have been unable to justify the higher prices in these tough times, our latest figures show that free-range food is now becoming more accessible.”
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Yorkshire Farmhouse was first started more than 30 years ago, in order for Mrs. Potter to have eggs “the way they used to taste”. Since this time the business has built a firm reputation for high standards of animal welfare thanks to their ‘hen-centric’ approach. The business currently has 200,000 hens producing free range eggs under their ‘James Potter, Yorkshire Free Range Eggs’ brand and prides itself on only handling free range eggs.