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11 things you thought were green -- but there's a catch

By: Bryan Nelson on March 10, 2010, 10:55 a.m.
Free-range chickens

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Free-range chickens (and more label issues)

The free-range label may conjure up images of happy chickens frolicking in open grassy fields, but the reality isn't that simple. Free-range birds must have access to the great outdoors for half of their typical 51-day life. Often that involves an optional doorway to a concrete patio which the chickens may or may not use. As with everything, don't simply trust a label. (Remember: There's no substitute for knowing your farmer.)