Hellmann’s expands cage-free recipes, becomes slightly less terrible  »

Mayonnaise company Hellmann’s has been making light mayo with 100 percent cage-free eggs since last year, but now it has two more recipes for which to be proud of itself: Canola Cholesterol-Free Mayonnaise and Reduced Fat Mayonnaise with Olive Oil. So thanks, mayo-ingesting people of the world, for making the first attempt at humaneness on such a grand scale so popular!

All that comes out to 5.6 million pounds of eggs, impacting 177,000 hens. Since Hellman’s claims to be moving toward cage-free eggs for its entire product line, the number of hens feeling just a bit better about life will increase to 1.8 million. That’s a lot of hens!

Why is this good news? Because it’s better than nothing. It’s harder for average omnis to disavow all animal products at once than it is for them to pay more attention to what they’re eating and where it comes from. I know “cage-free” doesn’t mean the hens have great lives, but American Humane Certified eggs (as Hellmann’s are) come from a henhouse with clean and sufficient food and water, limited stress, resting area, etc. So while it’s not perfect, can we not agree that it is progress?


Hellmann’s launches new light mayo recipe with cage-free eggs!  »

Hellmann’s Light Mayonnaise is the first consumer product of its stature and volume in the packaged foods industry to use 100 percent cage-free eggs—which equates to approximately 3.5 million pounds of eggs.

That’s a shit-ton of eggs. Before everyone bitches (and I know you’re gonna do it anyway because you’re all sassy and opinionated and I love that about you), I just want to say: I know it’s not vegan, but moves like this are victories. We all know that cage-free isn’t cruelty-free, but Americans eat like a bazillion eggs every year and that’s probably not going to change anytime soon. Better those of us who aren’t vegan (yet!) eat cage-free and start to THINK about where their eggs come from. Of course, I’m never going to eat Hellman’s Light Mayo, but I really hope people will choose it over their competitors. It’s a start and every victory helps.

Oh also, did you know that Trader Joe’s Light Mayo is vegan? It is. And it’s cheap, too! So there is your vegan news as well! BAM!

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