If I didn’t think it will affect prices in the remaining 49 states, I’d enjoy this story more

Bon apitite

Bon appetit 

California’s new law on creature comforts for chickens will drive egg prices up 40%

Look out Californians: Egg prices are expected to rise as a result of the state’s new chicken welfare law.

Farmers are prohibited from housing farm animals in cramped cages under Proposition 2, also known as the California Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act. The cage systems sometimes house tens of thousands of chickens in stacked rows of 8-by-8 inch wire cages, and activists say the law will prevent suffering and reduce the chances of salmonella contamination.

The cost to chicken farmers of upgraded housing is expected to translate to a 10 to 40 percent increase in the price of wholesale eggs next year, reports the Los Angeles Times. The chickens must be able to ”turn around freely, lie down, stand up or fully extend their limbs,” which means many farmers have or will have to get rid of cages and keep fewer chickens to allow the animals more space.

California voters overwhelmingly approved the law in 2008.

The average voter out there on the left coast is both whacky and woefully ignorant of how food is produced, so they whooped this law through and, satisfied, have sat back to enjoy their omelette. As usual, the liberal elite that sponsored this bill will pay far more for a basic staple and be delighted; their poorer cousins will just buy Twinkies.

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31 responses to “If I didn’t think it will affect prices in the remaining 49 states, I’d enjoy this story more

  1. burningmadolf

    The last nail in the coffin for that freak show state was Prop 65 (if you haven’t seen or heard of it Google for fun). Nothing else shocks me.

  2. Cos Cobber

    I’m glad I don’t live in a state with so called ‘direct democracy’ initiatives. Its hell having to live through the endless petitions and campaigns and wacky laws.

  3. louis van leeuwen

    Its so sad that you don’t give a rats ass about our fellow creatures and their feelings. LVL

    • Cos Cobber

      Get over it. No one cares about plants, mold, viruses, insects or fungi either.

    • Mickster

      I’m with you, Louis. Interesting that American egg producers have to chemically wash their eggs and the Europeans dont. American eggs have to be refrigerated and others don’t. We are not renowned for our fair treatment of animals in the food chain.I would happily pay 40% more.

  4. Mid-country Cos Cobber

    Anything that makes it to the ballot gets voted yes.

    Should we raise $1 billionin debt to fix our school systems? Of course … No thought to where the billions already went.

    Should we raise $2 billion to fix the roads? Yup … Again, where did the billions slated there already go?

    And then one day you wake up and are up to your ears in debt. Surprise !

  5. Come on guys , cruelty is not cool or
    Worthy.

    • greenwich old timer

      I am a devoted one-egg-a-day consumer, and have attempted to alleviate my guilt about the horrendous conditions for hens by paying more to purchase eggs frpm “certified” cage-free, free-range chickens. Hopefully this “certification” is legitimate and therefore the more expensive eggs are worth it. Now – are we ready to give up eating veal? Greenwich Oldtimer

      • dogwalker

        Google the legal definitions of “cage-free” and “free-range”. Then just head out to Augustine’s and buy fresh eggs there. You are already getting any possible toxins the hens do (well, they probably get more jet fuel fall out). But that extra you pay supports the local economy.

  6. Cos Cobber

    Perhaps I am a dunce, but don’t egg farms represent giant abortion factories? The entire premise of the egg farm is cruel, so what gives with adding a pillow and a blanket to the stone cold reality of what happens to the eggs. Yes, I am being ridiculous, but my point remains, where does this quest for animal comfort end?

    And yes, I am kind to animals.

  7. Anonymous

    Qu’ils mangent de la brioche

  8. Jeff Spicoli

    In California money grows on trees!
    Surf’s up dudes!

  9. Martha

    It’s not just cruelty, but nutrition as well. Chickens that live naturally, and eat a diet similar to what they would eat in nature are tastier and have more vitamins. Here is a good article that will explain the marketing behind the egg carton jargon.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/12/23/370377902/farm-fresh-natural-eggs-not-always-what-they-re-cracked-up-to-be?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=science

  10. Anon

    Raise your own eggs

    It’s easy and very fun. I honestly don’t know why everyone doesn’t have their own chickens. The coops can be beautiful, I feed mine organic. We recycle all of our scraps to the chickens and then compost the chicken poop.

    And the kids love them. It’s absurd more people don’t have their own

  11. Martha

    I would love to do raise chickens. But, what to do when we are out of town for a month or two? And then every two years I’ll have to cook a few. Which doesn’t bother me, as long as someone else does the gutting and plucking of feathers (my eldest boy would love it, but someone has to train him and he needs some work in the diligence department!)

    And, for the record, I think farms should pasture chickens because it is the right thing to do, and will yield higher profits with less work, not because the government tells them to.

  12. Egg farmers are cutting flocks to meet the required space per chciken. This will reslutl in lower egg supply and higher prices. It’s a shame no one in CA knew enough about basic economics to foresee this outcome, Which is a shame for the poor because eggs are a cheap source of high quality protein.

  13. Southerner

    Cos Cobbler et al – basic birds and bees- hen does not need a rooster to produce an egg. To produce a chick is a different matter.

  14. Anonymous

    The price of food should reflect the costs of producing that food with a semblance of basic respect for animals and the environment. Often the nutritional value of food so reflects this–as another commenter has mentioned, true free-range, natural-diet eggs have drastically better nutritional value and taste than the crap you buy at the gas station in Cos Cob. A 40% increase in the price of eggs would mean, what–an increase of $.10/egg? If you ate an egg every single day for a year, that’d be less than $40/year. That wouldn’t break the bank in Byram, let alone CC.

    • Cos Cobber

      jackasses, I’m already empowered to buy ‘feel good’ eggs at any of the numerous feel good stores and gourmet shops in town. This isnt about 40 bucks, it’s about how this feel good movement is cover for PETA’s real end game. Inch by inch.

      • Flash

        If PETA had real power, the market cases would not be filled with bruised yellow carcasses from PURDUE….nasty stuff.

        • As Cos Cobber (and I) keep pointing out, it’s a fine thing for the rich to enjoy organic eggs, free-range chicken and heritage pork (I do prefer the latter, and buy it, occasionally), but people who have to budget and feed a family can’t afford that luxury. Raise the price of chicken and you’re putting it out of reach of many families, just as it was 70 years ago; the whole racist stereotype of “Negroes” eating chicken started as a symbol of uppity blacks dining beyond their means on a luxury properly reserved for their betters, just as a for instance.
          I’m all for kindness towards animals, but when it comes down to feeding people vs the “rights” of chickens, I side with people.

      • Anonymous

        Cos Cob must be worse than I thought–the fact that you live in fear of PETA bespeaks powerlessness and disenfranchisement that I find unimaginable.

        • Cos Cobber

          Cos Cob has nothing to do with any of this. All you have done here is demonstrate that you are an uppity nitwit with an superiority complex. Karma will likely be a bitch someday.

          Back to the subject, we already have free range chicken eggs and people are free to buy them, therefore I see no need to mandate the masses. These are areas that consumer choice should be left in place to direct the economy rather than a cozy lobbyist group in Sacramento.

  15. burningmadolf

    The good thing is we can all help pay for this through EBT/SNAP funding.