Tuesday, January 16, 2007

A few more reasons to buy local

Just when you thought advertising could not be more intrusive, it goes one step farther. This time, your own refridgerator is the source. I am talking about the new trend of putting ads on food. For example, the television network CBS is now advertising on your eggs. So, you pay for the item, and get the extra bonus of having to view advertising.

Want to avoid this? Try cage-free eggs from a local source. They are not only 100% advertising free but tend to be higher in Omega-3 and healthier if the chickens are allowed to eat their natural diet. Mass-produced eggs (and meats) are no longer a good source since the animals are grain fed.

"For a long time, the typical American diet contained plenty of omega-3, DHA included. But that was when cattle were not trapped in pens and actually roamed the prairies and grazed on grass, which is a good source of omega-3s, rather than eating feed-lot corn and soy, which are not. Eggs, too, used to be a strong source, but chickens have undergone a similar lifestyle change," as reported in The New York Times.

No yolks about commercial eggs not being all they are cracked up to be. I'll leave the poor puns to the CBS advertisers. You can read them on your eggs.

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