I wonder, if I were allowed to roam outside of my bedroom, but not allowed to leave my house, would you consider me a Free Range Human? My point is, what exactly is "free"? Has anyone read the book Omnivore's Dilemma by Micheal Pollan? In parts of the book, he investigates the industry standards in livestock agriculture, conventional, organic, free-range, etc. I thought it was interesting what he discovered about free-range meat chickens. The USDA standard for free-range was to allow chickens access to the outside, but only necessary at a certain time of their lives, which happened to be only a couple weeks before slaughter, if I remember correctly. During their youngest stages, access to an outside yard was not required. But by the time they reached an age where they should be allowed access, they were already conditioned to a life indoors. Basically, what free-range means in high output agriculture, is a small open door to a yard that is barely used by chickens who probably find the concept of venturing out to that unknown as scary. But it gets the stamp, and the higher price tag. Interesting, huh? Anyway, I just saw a thread about how much to charge for organic free-range eggs, and it made me think of that book. I think Omnivore's Dilemma is a wonderful book if you are interested in educating yourself on the practices of the food industry. There are some painful truths to be learned, so be warned if you are the blissfully ignorant type. But I gather that most people on these forums are into being somewhat informed consumers.