Since the passage of Proposition 2 in California, the cost of consuming eggs has risen enormously. Some neighboring states have not followed the same path; egg consumption has not changed its normal channel. Normally when a severe drought occurs in the grain and soybean areas of the U.S., egg supply becomes more expensive for good reason.
Enabling the birds to stretch their wings or legs has not shown any scientific difference in the welfare of the egg producing birds. Perhaps it is time and appropriate for the legislature to rescind Prop. 8 and allow normal economics to handle the pricing or, more simply put, supply and demand!
I have spent over 45 years in the poultry and egg industries. They were delightful years. Let’s revert to a simple way of pricing a very necessary commodity.
Rene Lastreto Sr.
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