There seems to be a trend amongst millennials today that has its roots in a simpler time, the need for “happy” food. What do I mean by “happy” food? Well, food that is harvested from grass-fed cows and free-range chickens, food that is organic, food that is hormone free, and food that is harvested from animals that lived a “happy” life. However, happiness comes at a cost. Unless you’re one of the homesteading types, then you have most likely taken trip in the past week to pick up a carton of eggs. As you may have noticed there is a substantial price difference in a dozen conventional eggs and a dozen free-range or cage-free eggs. There is a reason for this, a team of researchers from the University of Arkansas explain that these non conventional farming methods result in a greater prevalence of foodborne pathogens and diminished health status. Essentially, choosing to raise grass-fed or free-range animals is comes at a risk to the farmer, a risk of losing more animals to disease as well as a lesser yield in comparison to conventional farming methods. Naturally, farmers also have to eat, and in order to recoup the cost of these risks, we the consumer are forced to pay a premium in order to eat as if we were on the Oregon Trail.