I've been seeing advertisements on the TV for "Eggs that come from chickens fed with all vegetarian feed..."
The first thing that comes to mind is, why?
Chickens aren't vegetarians.
I have photographic proof.
"Whatcha doing down there all by yourself, June?"
The area of food labeling has become grayer and grayer.
What does it mean when something is Organic?
How about "Pastured" or "All Natural"?
"Free Range" or "Certified Humane"?
Those labels sound good, don't they?
In the case of eggs, you'd assume those hens are living the high life.
They might as well be eggs that come from a backyard farmer, only you know some officially titled person has looked over the eggs before they show up in your grocery store.
Those labels can add one, two or three dollars to the price of a dozen eggs in the grocery store. If they happen to be brown eggs, you can bump that price even more.
By the way, brown eggs are NO different than white eggs.
Shell color has to do with the breed of chicken that laid the egg.
If you buy those fancy eggs at the grocery store because you feel like they are more humane for the hens that lay the eggs, unfortunately, it's all just marketing.
If you want eggs from hens that have lived a barn-yard sort of life, try your local farmers market. The egg will taste amazing, be very fresh, and you'll know where it came from.