Easter, as the song says, is on its way. And when we head to the store this year to buy the necessary eggs for coloring, we will face an unparalleled array of options. As the trend toward sustainable eating has ballooned in recent years, the egg producers have responded with cage-free, free-range, and humane versions of the kitchen staple.

For the socially conscious shopper, this sounds like the egg industry is moving in the right direction. But how should a concerned consumer decipher the labels adorning their dozen? What, really, is the difference between cage-free, organic, and humane eggs? Here’s how to tell what you’re really buying.