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Eggs: Taking Another Non-GMO Step

By CATHERINE

When we were little, Aunt Ann used to take us to the Egg Lady. We have pictures of us unloading eggs from the trunk of her Pontiac, carefully clutching the containers off fresh eggs. They were the tastiest eggs I’ve ever had.

All these years later, I am in the habit of just buying eggs. My amicus optimus and her family raise chickens, so I know that the yellow of “just eggs” is not desired color for yolks! After eating an omelet recently, I sent an email to the producer of said eggs asking if they were GMO free. 

The director of marketing for Cal-Maine Foods responded right away. His first line had me breathing a sigh of relief: All fresh eggs are non-GMO. 

Then he suggested I go to the American Egg Board’s website for more information.

His second line was both straightforward and thoroughly confusing: The laying hens that produce Fresh Eggs do consume GMO grains because most of the corn and soy beans produced in the US are GMO. There is, however, no GMO detectable in a fresh egg. 

In the words of Kevin Hart, “Wait. What?”

The AEB’s website is similarly confusing: While the large majority of corn and soybeans grown in the United States are genetically modified, and these are primary constituents of most animal feeds, none of the genetic materials pass through the hen to the egg. (American Egg Board)

That’s not quite the reassurance I was hoping for.

Perhaps anticipating a reader’s hesitation, the Egg Board goes on:

The USDA National Organic Program strictly prohibits GMO grains from being fed to livestock sold, represented or labeled as organic, including food products stemming from this livestock, such as eggs.

October is Non-GMO Month, so what better time to choose USDA organic eggs?

On the other hand, I may just start looking for an egg lady since my best friend and her family farm are a thousand miles away.