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Price of Eggs on the Rise

If you live in California and run to the store to buy some eggs, don't be shocked if you notice the price has gone up. A new law went into effect on January 1st which requires farmers to house their hens in cages with enough space for them to stretch and move around in. This law passed all the way back in 2008, but is barely going into affect now.

Honesty I am fine with paying a little extra just knowing those hens are living a somewhat better life than they were before. The increase in price will come from the farmers expenses to either make larger housing units for the hens or downsize the amount of hens they house. They feel since they have to pay extra to give these hens, which they benefit from a better life, we as the consumer have to fork over the money.

Of course the price increase is upsetting many people because they say they just care about the eggs not the hens. Whenever we go to the store it seems prices go up, so we shouldn't get made when something goes up for a good cause. At least now we know the hens are happy and if I'm taking something from an animal then I want to be assured they were at least happy and not crammed in a little cage in horrid living conditions.

This law isn't just for California farmers. Any out of state farmer who transports eggs to California must also meet the new regulations. The price increase is expected to be anywhere from 20 cents - $3 more per dozen depending on the farmers and prices they set.

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peachpurple wrote on January 8, 2015, 9:54 AM

Eggs price had gone up a few times last year from 34 cents to 45 cents

ison1 wrote on January 8, 2015, 9:56 AM

At least that is a justifiable price increase. I get annoyed when sizes get decreased but prices stay the same

seren3 wrote on January 9, 2015, 12:29 PM

I noticed this a couple of days ago. So now - if we pay more for the cage free - aren't they all cage free now? Or just in bigger cages? I wish we knew!