These are Oona’s chickens, and they lay organic eggs. What does Oona do to ensure the eggs are organic?
Hens on an organic farm roam around and live on feed grown with only natural inputs. Their beaks are not trimmed and their wings are not clipped. They often live in small groups with other hens and lay eggs in comfortable surroundings. Organic farmers follow special rules to ensure that the hens live as happily and as healthily as possible.
The eggs are collected by the farmer. Sometimes the farmer sells the eggs straight from his or her farm or at a nearby market with other farmers. And sometimes he or she sells them to a company that sells them to supermarkets and restaurants.
Before organic eggs are sold, they are cleaned and put in cartons with logos or texts explaining where, how and by whom they were produced. The eggs might also become one of many other organic ingredients in products such as pasta, or sweets, which will also be labelled with the same logos and texts.
When your family and others choose to buy eggs or products with those special logos or texts, you will know all about how the farmer followed those special rules and how the hen that laid the eggs lived happily and healthily. Then you can look forward to a delicious and high quality meal!
Oona’s cows are organic dairy cows.
Do you know what makes milk organic?
Cows on an organic farm are not permanently tied up or kept away from the green fields in which they feed on natural pasture. The farmers keeping these cows follow rules to ensure they are kept completely comfortable and provide fresh, high quality milk.
Farmers and their staff regularly collect this milk and send it to special dairy companies that bottle it or use it to create fresh and delicious dairy products such as cheeses, yoghurts, creams and ice cream.
When organic milk is filled in bottles or turned into other dairy products, a special logo or text is placed on them, containing information about where, how and by whom the goods were produced. These goods are then sold at places such as special organic stores, supermarkets and restaurants and cafes.
When families like yours buy milk and other dairy products with those special logos or texts, they know all about how the farmer followed those special rules and the cow’s comfortable and healthy life. They can think about this while eating delicious yoghurt, healthy bowls of cereal and more!