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Others say the law is one of many factors for the sharply escalating prices. Dave Heylen, spokesman for the California Grocers Association, said others include an unseasonably high demand for eggs over the last couple of months, greater export demand and cold weather in the Midwest that slowed production.
The prices should correct themselves eventually, asserts the Humane Society of the United States, which sponsored Proposition 2. Egg prices always rise in winter, and their fluctuations are based on such factors as energy costs, feed prices and other variables, said Paul Shapiro, the HSUS’ vice president of farm animal protection.
“Prices for all animal products have increased this year due to high grain prices,” Shapiro told the Capital Press in an email. “Egg prices have increased less than prices for beef and pork, and remain one of the least expensive animal products in the marketplace.”
“If egg prices rise in California, it will be because many egg producers failed to use the six-year phase-in period to prepare for the law, and prices will subsequently fall as they did in Europe as supply adjusts to demand and as egg prices fluctuate as they normally would.”
Most US chickens are kept in notoriously small “battery cages,” which are illegal in Europe because they’re considered cruel and inhumane.
And now, the vast majority of US egg producers cannot sell eggs in California, which imports about one-third of its eggs each year. As a result, consumers in California will see immediate price increases—from 35% to 70% markups, according to one source quoted by NPR—and prices are expected to rise in the rest of the country, too, as farmers will either be spending on replacing their battery cages with alternative structures or reducing the sizes of their flocks (or both) to comply with the new standards.
originally posted by: Hoosierdaddy71
originally posted by: Chrisfishenstein
a reply to: Hoosierdaddy71
Where can you eat 6 meals (if you eat 2 eggs at a time) for $6? Nowhere....So the eggs aren't that bad of a price even at that, correct? The only reason you think it is high is because you are used to paying $2 for them....Which by comparison, what is the big deal with $4 more? I would rather see humane housing for animals and pay a little more to be sure they aren't being treated like a villain when these animals are putting a roof over these farmers heads....But that is just my humble opinion of course.
But four dollar gas is cheap to and people still bitch about the price.
$2 egg up to $6 equals $3 gas going to $9
All I am saying is that changes and regulations have consequences. People better be prepared for the changes.
originally posted by: jjkenobi
The people who voted for this law are obviously racists who hate the poor and minorities. Rich white people can still afford eggs. Too bad for the rest of you.
originally posted by: paraphi
Well, good to see parts of the US improving their animal husbandry and welfare standards. Of course the price will rise, but then people can eat food that has not come from a revolting poor faming practices.
Let's see an end to the vast highly intensive pig farming enterprises and the introduction of half decent welfare. Happy pig. Let's seen an end to steroids in cattle. Happy cows.
If meat was more expensive due to decent animal welfare, then people could afford less meat and this would lead to less fat people. Everyone wins.