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Brand Name 4-Grain
Rating (1)    
Company Cal-Maine
Location Jackson, MS
Market Area 29 states nationwide
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industrial organics and/or not open enough to participate

The 4‐Grain brand is owned by Cal‐Maine Foods, the largest producer and distributor of eggs in the United States. Just like many of the other corporate agribusinesses that have invested in organics, Cal‐Maine has created a "façade" for marketing their eggs, 4‐Grain.

Cal‐Maine is a publicly traded corporation that is mainly involved in conventional, caged egg production, but has in recent years grown its presence in organics. Cal‐ Maine boasts that it is “one of the largest producers and marketers of value‐added specialty shell eggs in the United States,” with specialty sales representing 13.8% of its shell egg sales in fiscal year 2009. Its specialty egg sales are not limited to organic eggs but include conventional cage‐free, “all‐natural,” vegetarian and omega‐3 eggs.

Cal‐Maine spent half a million dollars in an effort to block animal welfare legislation in California. They failed when voters overwhelmingly approved the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, which outlaws cages for laying hens.

Cal‐Maine recently financed the construction of an industrial‐scale organic laying hen complex in Chase, Kansas.

Criteria Points Comments
Organic Certifying Agent
Ownership Structure 0 Publicly owned corporation
Egg Supply 0
Disclosure 0 No transparency
Commitment to Organics 0
Single or Double Henhouses
Outdoor Space
Exit to the Outside
Outdoor Space Exemptions
Outdoor Opportunity for all Birds
Outdoor Rotation
Outdoor Vegetation
Indoor Space
Indoor Enrichment
Natural Light
Pasture Shared with Other Animals
Manure Handling System
Feed - Any Produced on farm
Replacement Stock
Laying Hen Lifespan
Beak Trimming
Farm Support
TOTAL (possible score is 2200) 0 ONE EGG (Industrial Organics)