While I agree the Costco Cargill organic chicken feed is not as bad as conventional feed and may be good for a farmer who is transitioning from conventional to optimal, this particular feed REALLY waters down the organic standards.
I pay a pretty penny for Scratch & Peck Layer Feed which is an intact, whole grain, non-extruded, soy free, no heat, no synthetics chicken feed. My birds LOVE it.
There are other quality sources of protein besides soy, or fish and meat meal. Field Peas and Linseed boost the protein ratio also. There are no fungicides or any other cides in Scratch & Peck. I pay $30 for 40 lbs. While I keep my eyes open for less expensive options, I simply can't lower my standards. My family eats the eggs our hens produce for us. Quality chicken feed is our health insurance. We are, what our animals eat. I sacrifice in other ways, to free up money to feed our livestock well, because we eat them, or their by-products.
Now, I understand that there are families who are happy to use products like this Cargill 'organic' feed. We all have limitations and boundaries we must live within. I don't fault them one bit.
My problem lies in the fact that feed like this lowers the standards across the board. It makes the term "organic" useless.
Obviously, as evidenced by truly organic chicken feed producing companies, wholesome, intact, whole grain chicken feed does not need heat, forced extrusion, synthetics, cides or preservatives for birds to flourish, thrive and produce lots of eggs. It can be done. It is being done.