California Is About To Make Egg Production More Humane, By Giving Hens 70 Percent More Space

Posted by Mike Confino, December 30, 2014

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Starting next year, 15 million egg-laying hens in California and millions more providing out-of-state eggs to Californians will be required to have 70 percent more space — going from a minimum of 67 square inches each to nearly 116 square inches, about a 10.7-inch square of space per bird. California is the biggest consumer of eggs in the country, and this new regulations is part of a broader national effort to shift industry focus away from production efficiency to include animal and environmental welfare.

Chad Gregory, CEO of the United Egg Producers, told Bloomberg that the industry “can and will adapt” and that the push for bigger cages is part of a “larger consumer trend toward food that’s perceived as more humane and sustainable.”

via California Is About To Make Egg Production More Humane, By Giving Hens 70 Percent More Space | ThinkProgress.

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