Eddie’s chickens are very happy hens. Raised outdoors, using sustainable agriculture methods, South African egg lovers can rest assured that their omelettes are cruelty free…

The laying hens at Eddie’s Eggs are now Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW) and Certified Non-GMO by AGW.

Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW is the only high animal welfare certification in South Africa and Eddie’s Eggs is the first farm on the continent to meet the programme’s standards for laying hens, which were developed in collaboration with scientists, veterinarians, researchers and farmers across the globe to maximise practicable, high-welfare farm management.

Following success in Ireland, Europe, the United States, Canada and Central America, A Greener World was invited to launch in South Africa by local farmers seeking market differentiation through straightforward label claims.


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Hard work pays off

“As the first farm in Africa to achieve this recognition for laying hens, it is a testament to the hard work we have put into farming as nature intended, says Eddie Ferreira of Eddie’s Eggs. “In South Africa, very few farms are raising their laying hens outdoors and to the high standard of care we provide.”

“We believe it’s important to demonstrate that you can farm sustainably on such a scale. It’s possible, and for the sake of the environment, animals and human health, you have to do it.”

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Where is Eddie’s Egg farm?

Set in the middle of the Eastern Cape stretch of the Sundays Rivers Valley, Eddie’s Eggs is located in the largest citrus producing region in the country.

Like other Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW farmers across the country, Eddie Ferreira is a passionate advocate for raising livestock on pasture, citing positive impacts for both the animal and the environment.

Eddie’s hens are free to range the organic orchards, which offer shade from intense heat and protection from predators.

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Healthier eggs, healthier chickens

Scientific research shows that chickens raised outdoors on pasture produce a better product, with pasture-raised eggs containing up to three times as much vitamin E, seven times more beta-carotene, and twice the amount of omega 3 fatty acids as industrial eggs.

In addition to being Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, the flock of laying hens at Eddie’s Eggs is also Certified Non-GMO by AGW. The only non-GMO label to include animal welfare standards, Certified Non-GMO by AGW guarantees a food product is produced without the use of genetically modified feed, supplements or ingredients and it is the only non-GMO label to require pasture and range for livestock.

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