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Unscrambling the data: Why we should care about where our eggs come from

ByHT Brunch Team
Jun 07, 2024 04:30 PM IST

Free-range, natural, organic, cage-free. How good can eggs get, anyway? And why are restaurants obsessed about it?

“Eggs are like a magical capsule,” says Manjunath Marappan. “No other food on Earth packs in as much nutrition within just 50 grams.” Marappan, 42, is the co-founder of the decade-old Happy Hens Farm, India’s oldest commercial producer of free-range eggs. They partner with small farmers across Nashik, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, and many of the 20,000 eggs they produce every day end up on India’s trendiest menus.

Egg consumers in India have access to commercially-produced or ethically-produced eggs. (SHUTTERSTOCK)
Egg consumers in India have access to commercially-produced or ethically-produced eggs. (SHUTTERSTOCK)
Colour doesn’t indicate how good an egg is – it’s best to check the label to see where it’s sourced from. (SHUTTERSTOCK)
Colour doesn’t indicate how good an egg is – it’s best to check the label to see where it’s sourced from. (SHUTTERSTOCK)
Natural egg farms such as Nutrifresh Eggs keep their hens in open pasture so that they live stress-free. (NUTRIFRESH EGGS)
Natural egg farms such as Nutrifresh Eggs keep their hens in open pasture so that they live stress-free. (NUTRIFRESH EGGS)
Eggs laid by hens who are fed a varied diet are rich in iron, phosphorus, zinc, folate, and Omega-3. (NUTRIFRESH EGGS)
Eggs laid by hens who are fed a varied diet are rich in iron, phosphorus, zinc, folate, and Omega-3. (NUTRIFRESH EGGS)
The challenge for natural-egg farms is to get regular folks to choose better eggs. (SHUTTERSTOCK)
The challenge for natural-egg farms is to get regular folks to choose better eggs. (SHUTTERSTOCK)
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