May 9, 2007 9:18am CST
I can. free range meat and eggs has a lot more flavour and are well worth the extra cost before you even think of the etical side of it. free range eggs have beautiful golden yolks, and you quite often get double yolkers. and the flavour is just unbeatable. sometimes the food given to chickens can have a real effect on the flavour of the egg. some of the feeds used in concentration camp battery farms can make the egg taste sort of fishy. as for meat, free range is juicier. no dry turkey sarnies on boxind day with a free range bird. the muscle is a better texture and there's such a huge depth of flavour you don't get with factory farmed meat. I know free range meat is still significantly more expensive that factory farmed, but you get so much more enjoyment from it, and on a clean conscience too. but even if free range meat is just a bit too much (although if you're worried about it, lamb is usually produced more free range, as it's actually cheaper and easier than raising them cooped up), can you really say that the few pence saved buying battery eggs - eggs from caged hens, is worth it when proper eggs taste so much better and are vastly more humane?