industrial organics and/or not open enough to participate
Petaluma Farms, a large‐scale egg producer in Petaluma, CA, produces both organic
and conventional cage‐free eggs for sale under several brand names, which include
Judy’s Family Farm, Rock Island, Uncle Eddie’s Wild Hen Farm and Gold Circle. They
also produce eggs for the 365 label owned by Whole Foods and Organic Valley for
Western US markets.
Their organic laying hens are not granted outdoor access—their organic certifying
agent has granted them a permanent exemption from granting outdoor access based
on the “threat” of avian influenza. Other organic egg producers in their area do
grant outdoor access for their chickens, making this an unconvincing excuse for
Petaluma Farms states on its website that its organic chickens are “raised to
conform to USDA organic standards”—a questionable statement since the standards
require “year‐round access for all animals to the outdoors,” a requirement to which
Petaluma Farms clearly does not conform.