Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Of eggs and ethics...
I've been using a lot of eggs lately. All this baking and cooking means that I use boxes of those little portable protein bombs. Like most people, I buy my eggs at the local shop or supermarket and I always buy free range and, if possible, organic ones. Or at least I think that's what I am buying since that's what it says on the box and I have to trust the rules, ethics etc that regulate the industry.
Well, and you can probably guess where this is going...there is a large investigation going on in Germany at the moment into the possible malpractice by some of mislabeling eggs as organic when in fact the strict rules for organic food (including the living conditions of the hens) weren't adhered to.
As a consumer there comes the point when you have to trust that what is in your shopping basket is what you think it is. With that trust slowly being eroded, where will we go from here?
I feel sorry for the vast majority of farmers who stick to the rules and whose reputation gets tarnished by a small number of "bad eggs in the basket". I am furious at the people (ie "the bad eggs") who are misleading consumers to enhance their profits. And I am sad that for some people this will mean turning their backs on doing the right thing, no longer buying free range.