Environment, Social Implications in Agriculture

Why is foully raised food so cheap? A few chickens have something to cheep about.

Caged ChickenThere has been quite a kerfuffle in the media and in agriculture posts about the rise of egg prices due to a new animal welfare law in California. Back in 2008 California voters approved a statewide initiative requiring that eggs come from chicken (still) in cages that (at least) provide room for the birds to lie down, stand up, turn around and fully extend their wings. The law went into effect January 1, 2015 and it applies to all eggs sold in the state wherever the eggs were laid. According to the Wall Street Journal editorial board,  “The state’s latest animal-rights march is levying a punishing new food tax on the nation’s poor.” Which leads me to ponder…why is food produced under dubious methods glorified just because it is cheap? Continue reading “Why is foully raised food so cheap? A few chickens have something to cheep about.”