Farmer’s Hen (CMC Foods)

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersElizabeth NJ
Websitehttps://thefarmershen.com/
Market AreaEast
Total Score0

This brand states that “we partner exclusively with over 75 local and small, family-owned farms across America” as their egg sourcing. These eggs can be found in Shoprite grocers.

This brand is a private label, or store brand. Grocers or distributors will buy their eggs wholesale and re-label them under their own brand name. They often have no direct interaction with the farmers. Store brands lack transparency, often cloaking their practices under the heading of “confidential business information.”

Unfortunately, there is an inherent limitation in private‐label organic products. Organic consumers want to know where their food is coming from and how it is produced, and private‐label products are anonymous by their very nature.

Our research indicates that the vast majority of organic eggs under private labels brands are produced on industrial farms, where hundreds of thousands of birds are housed without meaningful outdoor access.

If you are consumer of this brand we encourage you to reach out and ask where your particular store sources their eggs. While the sourcing may differ across regions, consumer activism plays a valuable role in marketplace transparency.

CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 1700) 0
1-egg
Brands that have close daily control over their egg production receive the most points.
Ownership Structure
0Corporate veiling, lack of transparency in business model
Brands that only produce organic products make the biggest investments — in time and money — in systems that benefit us all. Eggs sourced from a single operation receive the most points. Eggs of unclear origins and/or with poor oversight receives the fewest points.
Commitment to Organic Label
0Sells both conventional and organic products
Additional certifications, depending on the credibility of the label, can demonstrate a commitment beyond the organic standards.
Other Labels and Standards
0Some eggs may have other labels; check packaging
Smaller flock sizes (the number of laying hens per housing structure) offer better animal welfare conditions.
Flock Size(s)
0No answer/information not confirmed
The best housing offers space for natural behaviors and legitimate access to the outdoors through adequate exits.
Hen Housing and Exit Areas
0No answer/information not confirmed
Adequate indoor spacing reduces stress and disease. With less crowding, birds can stretch their wings and more easily perform other natural behaviors.
Indoor Spacing
0No answer/information not confirmed
High scoring brands provide enough space to allow each hen to fully utilize their outdoor area, and to perform instinctive behaviors without harming the environment.
Outdoor Spacing
0No answer/information not confirmed
High quality outdoor access includes vegetation, soil, and ample opportunities to forage year-round.
Quality of Outdoor Access
0No answer/information not confirmed
Birds that are introduced to the outdoors early are more accustomed to spending time outdoors without fear or stress.
Outdoor Access Timing
0No answer/information not confirmed
Year-round access to perches, scratching areas, deep litter, novel foodstuffs, and dust bathing contribute to quality of life.
Enrichments
0No answer/information not confirmed
Chickens use their beaks to interact with the world. Authentic organic farmers account for this behavior, eschewing beak trimming.
Alterations
0No answer/information not confirmed
Raising chicks on farm or buying them from certified organic hatcheries shows dedication to organic production from start to finish.
Chicks and Pullets
0No answer/information not confirmed
Brands that have low rates of deaths and utilize their spent hens for human consumption or similar score the highest.
Deaths, Culls, and Spent Hens
0No answer/information not confirmed
Brands that closely monitor and manage health of soil, native species, and water quality receive the most points.
Environmental Impacts
0No answer/information not confirmed
Feed Sourcing0No answer/information not confirmed
Brands that score well here go above and beyond to ensure the highest animal welfare, taking into consideration their hens’ safety and cleanliness, natural behavior, and stress levels.
Animal Welfare
0No answer/information not confirmed
Cornucopia believes you have a right to transparency. Top brands share information with Cornucopia via a survey and cooperate with our own independent investigations.
Transparency
0Did not participate with investigators
Brands do not receive points, but this information is offered for people with soy and/or gluten allergies.
Soy free and/or gluten free?
0No answer/information not confirmed
Brands do not receive points, but are invited to submit the name of their Accredited Organic Certifier (suppliers may have different certifiers).
Organic Certifier (non-scoring)
0No answer/information not confirmed
Extra credit is offered for various practices that go above-and-beyond in some form.
Extra Credit
0None