Friday, February 23, 2007

Eggs in veggie burgers

Staying on the subject of eggs, which Julie wrote about in her latest entry, a reader made me aware of an egg issue involving veggie burgers. Two groups, Compassion Over Killing and Vegan Outreach, are taking on Morningstar Farms, one of the leading makers of vegetarian products, over the eggs it uses in its products. The eggs come from hens that are confined in battery cages, giving them almost no room to move around -- a truly appalling sounding life. The groups want Morningstar Farms to stop using eggs in its products. Another veggie-burger maker, Gardenburger, has stopped using eggs in all but one of its products, and those eggs are from free-range hens. You can read more about this issue here.

I checked out the ingredients list online of the other major veggie-burger line that I buy, Boca Burgers. The only items of theirs that contain eggs seem to be the lasagna and non-breakfast sausages -- none in their burgers or "chicken" patties.

This wasn't an issue that I had heard about before, but it's certainly changed the way I'm going to select my veggie burgers from now on. I tend to like most veggie burgers and don't have a particular affinity toward one particular kind -- I like to change up the ones I buy and have a variety. But this issue makes me less likely to buy Morninstar Farms veggie burgers.


At 2/23/2007 3:21 PM, Blogger Jul said...

I got that email from Gardenburger's PR guy, too...

At 2/23/2007 4:21 PM, Blogger Cassandra said...

I just checked out your veggie blog, Jul -- really impressive!

At 3/03/2007 7:29 AM, Blogger Jul said...

Thanks, Cassandra. Yours is a fun read, too. :)


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