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March 2, 2010

Free-range mayo

Mayonnaise

 

 

Extra mayo, hold the factory-farmed eggs.

"Hellmann’s has announced that its Light Mayonnaise recipe in North America will feature 100% certified cage-free eggs in the United States as part of its ongoing commitment to 'Real Food,'" says a news release from the company.

Imagine that: a global food conglomerate, Unilever, getting interested in "real food." I like it! 

The news release goes on to say:

"Hellmann’s Light Mayonnaise is the first consumer product of its stature and volume in the packaged food industry to use 100% percent cage-free eggs -- which equates to approximately 3.5 million pounds of eggs. Eggs used in Hellmann’s Light Mayonnaise (and other recipes) will be ‘American Humane Certified,’  a certification program administered by the American Humane Association (AHA), the leading certifier of cage-free eggs in the U.S.

"Hellmann's aspires to change all of its ‘Real Food’ mayonnaise recipes – Real, Canola Cholesterol Free, Olive Oil, and Low Fat Mayonnaise Dressing – to cage-free eggs once a certifiable and consistent supply become available in North America." 

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Posted by Laura Vozzella at 2:40 PM | | Comments (15)
        

Comments

Those of us who like Hellmann's Real Mayonnaise had better stockpile our own hoards before Unilever gets enough cage-free eggs to change that product, too.

ReCaptcha: in smoggy (where the free-range chickens hopefully don't roam)

I am a Hellman's mayo fan. You really can taste the difference between other brands...so expensive, though.

Unfortunately, "cage-free" means practically nothing in terms of the hens' treatment. They still have their beaks cut off and male chicks are still killed immediately after they hatch. Not to mention they're still slaughtered once their egg-laying slows. They're not the happy chickens that Hellmann's is trying to sell you.

and Shannon, you don't even want to know what they do to the roosters shmeckels!

Shannon

Think of all the humans that live in their cubicle cages and some that never make it there because of the desired demographics.

And think about the people in the cubes who, when a decision is made on their productivity, have their work-life ended.

We're all not the happy chickens that we thought the world promised us. Sorry

Now if Hellman's would just leave the sugar out of its Light Mayo. I think it tastes like Miracle Whip (gag)

Hellman's used to be my favorite, but it cannot hold a candle to Duke's mayo.

But Duke's Light is even worse than Hellman's Light.

I'm gonna look like an old and angry French Man but the real and only mayonnaise is the one handmade with an Egg Yolk, Mustard and Sunflower Oil!

One day everyone will wake up to more sugar doesn't replace fat very well. Mayo is a high fat treat like a lot of other things. Light cheese is an abomination, too! It's either something you can eat or can not. Having the chickens out back has turned me into an egg snob. I Hate the taste of traditionally farmed eggs, now. The egg industry will have you believe that debeaking is necessary because hens are aggressive to one another and will harm each other. Yeah, they will.. when they are overcrowded. Never seen any real aggression in my girls.. but they're only 6 of them, they have enough room, etc. Happy chickens make tastier eggs.

captcha: tropical 1903.. i guess i do have on old fashioned opinion.. now if it wold just get warm and sunny.

Meekrat, have to agree with you about the real thing being the best. (and Willy too). I eat the lowfat, but when I have the treat of "real" mayo it's so superior!

And, my good news is, that sometime this week it's supposed to get up to 50 degrees! A Tropical Heatwave for us!

*sigh* does this mean the price is going to go up too...

lvnbraves, you can bet that Hellmann's, Kraft, and the other mayonnaise purveyors will always find some excuse to increase their prices, whether or not they go to cage-free eggs. (I can't believe how much the current stuff costs, and that's for what used to be a full quart but is now only 30 oz. or less.)

ReCaptcha (weirdly appropriate for this topic): overly natural

LEC -

you can make jokes all you want, but the fact remains that industrially farmed animals suffer. It is an individual choice as to whether or not one should eat meat or eggs, of course; however, not facing the truth about how one's food is produced is irresponsible in my book. If you're going to put something in your mouth, know from where it came and how it was made.

I know what the caged bird feels, alas!
When the sun is bright on the upland slopes;
When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass,
And the river flows like a stream of glass;
When the first bird sings and the first bud opens,
And the faint perfume from its chalice steals--
I know what the caged bird feels!

I know why the caged bird beats its wing
Till its blood is red on the cruel bars;
For he must fly back to his perch and cling
When he fain would be on the bough a-swing;
And a pain still throbs in the old, old scars
And they pulse again with a keener sting--
I know why he beats his wing!

I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,
When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,--
When he beats his bars and he would be free;
It is not a carol of joy or glee,
But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core,
But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings--
I know why the caged bird sings.

"Free-Range" Eggs – Can You Tell The Difference?


"Free-Range" Hen

• Debeaked with a hot bloody blade at one day old with no anesthetic.

• Force molted (intentionally starved to shock the body into another laying cycle).

• Violently packed into a semi and trucked hundreds of miles to an agonizing slaughter when considered “spent” (unable to keep laying eggs at a fast enough pace).

• Denied the opportunity to live a natural life in truly humane care.

• All of her brothers (roosters) are brutally killed as baby chicks simply because they can’t lay eggs.

Battery Cage Hen

• Debeaked with a hot bloody blade at one day old with no anesthetic.

• Force molted (intentionally starved to shock the body into another laying cycle).

• Violently packed into a semi and trucked hundreds of miles to an agonizing slaughter when considered “spent” (unable to keep laying eggs at a fast enough pace).

• Denied the opportunity to live a natural life in truly humane care.

• All of her brothers (roosters) are brutally killed as baby chicks simply because they can’t lay eggs.

@ M. Prejean,
I never thought i would feel a bit better about my crazy chicken keeping habit, but i do, now ( And yes, have a rooster, he's a rescue, blind in one eye. Batam/Aracuna cross.. guess he didn't fight too well.) The girls go broody on occasion, but are terrible mothers, so no baby chicks. Under Baltimore city statue, you may have up to four hens in the city ( NO roosters) so, everyone.. free eggs for 15 years ( average life span).

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He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.
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