Part of the objective of our blog is to encourage educated discussion about farm animal welfare. Here are three recent articles that discuss California’s Proposition 2, and some of the issues surrounding it. One article by David Sneed summarizes the debate and its political implications. Another article in the Arizona Republic describes cage free vs. confined, and another in the New York Times speaks to the increasing demand for eggs from cage-free production systems.
A “proposition” that is often left out of the issue, however, is the possibility of many smaller, pasture-based farms. More and more consumers and farmers are learning about the environmental and health benefits of eggs from hens on pasture. Feel free to comment on the articles above, or suggest one for further reading!