National Food Day: Vital Farms Spotlight
October 24th is national Food Day, an annual event to address the issues of our food system. The goal of Food Day is to strengthen and unify the food movement, with aims of improving our nation’s food policies. We should work towards a food system that bolsters the health of our communities, not one that increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes and cancer. To make matters worse, our food is produced in a way that is harmful to workers, the environment and farm animals.
The ultimate goal of Food Day is to transform the American diet. Everyone- regardless of age, race, income or geographic location- should have access to healthy foods.
To celebrate Food Day, we want to touch on an issue near and dear to our hearts. Organic eggs.
At in.gredients we carry Vital Farms eggs. This small, Austin based network of family-owned farms supply pasture raised eggs and poultry. These hens get to spend time outdoors, eating organic feed and they’re only moved inside at night when it’s time to lay eggs. Each hen gets at least 108 square feet of space, ample room to spread their wings and move around.
That is what a humane egg looks like.
Founded in 2007, Vital Farms is growing quickly as consumers around the country acknowledge the importance of supporting humane and sustainable farming practices. As Vital Farms grows, some conventional egg farmers are changing their ways to join the Vital Farms network. This transition, costing approximately $25 a hen, isn’t a cheap or easy process.
Fortunately, there is a way to help. Vital Farms has turned to crowdfunding to raise money to help a farm in Georgia go the pasture-raised route.
Tomorrow, take the time to celebrate Food Day. Eat an egg from a happy chicken. Learn something new about our food system. Support a local farmer.
Dig a little bit deeper into the story of the food on your plate.