If you've been to the grocery store lately, you may have noticed a change in the egg section: higher prices. Depending on where you live in the United States, the increases may have been pretty drastic. So what's going on?
If you follow our blog, you may remember that earlier this year I predicted that 2015 would be the biggest year yet for hens here in America. Not only have businesses like Starbucks and Panera Bread increased the number of cage-free eggs in their supply chains, but as of January 1, all eggs produced and sold in the state of California are required to come from hens that have enough space to lay down, stand up, turn around, and spread their wings. While this is undoubtedly a big win for hens, it has meant that egg prices have increased in some states.
Some media stories have portrayed this change as an attack on consumers; pitting you, the shopper, against the welfare of hens. Headlines have underscored the "skyrocketing" prices and have pushed back on the need for change (luckily, we know better!). If you believe what you read in the headlines, though, you might be worried that the cost of eggs will prohibit you from making your family's favorite quiche for brunch. I'm here to tell you that your quiche is going to be just fine!