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First Egg Farm In Africa Awarded World- Renowned Environmental And Animal Welfare Certifications

First Egg Farm In Africa Awarded World- Renowned Environmental And Animal Welfare Certifications

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

ISSUED BY A GREENER WORLD

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.

This certification and food label lets consumers know these animals are raised outdoors on pasture or range in accordance with the highest animal welfare standards in South Africa, using sustainable agriculture methods on an independent farm. 

Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW has been rated as a “highly meaningful” label for farm animal welfare, outdoor access and sustainability and has the highest impact on consumer purchasing according to recent research in other established markets. It is therefore a welcome label of assurance for both consumers and farmers in South Africa. 

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.

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. 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.

Eddie Ferreira of Eddie’s Eggs commented that as the first farm in Africa to achieve this recognition for laying hens, it is a testament to the hard work they have put into farming as nature intended. 

In South Africa, very few farms are raising their laying hens outdoors and to the high standard of care they provide. Without a meaningful animal welfare certification, shoppers don’t generally believe businesses are doing what they say they are doing. They are proud to meet the Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW standards. This certification gives them transparency and credibility, helping their customers to trust that they are raising their animals in the best way possible. They believe it’s important to demonstrate that one can farm sustainably on such a scale. It’s possible, and for the sake of the environment, animals and human health, one has to do it. 

A Greener World Executive Director Tozie Zokufa stated that A Greener World is excited to offer internationally recognised labels that meet local demands, strengthen regional markets and compete globally. 

They are proud to certify farms like Eddie’s Eggs that have demonstrated their commitment to transparency and verified, high-welfare farming practices. These stewards of the countryside are building a greener world while elevating the market and level the playing field. They are thrilled to work with new farmers, previously disadvantaged individuals and established farmers to build new markets based on transparency and sustainability.

Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, Certified Non-GMO by AGW pasture-raised eggs and Certified Non-GMO by AGW animal feed from Eddie’s Eggs is available direct from the farm, as well as select shops in Gauteng, Eastern Cape and the Western Cape. 

For more information about Eddie’s Eggs—or to purchase their products—visit farmereddie.co.za or contact the farm at info@farmereddie.co.za or by calling +27 82 771 7434. Follow Eddie’s Eggs on Facebook and Instagram.

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