Opinion: The egg supply’s cage-free future

Matthew Prescott is senior food policy director for The Humane Society of the United States. He is available at [email protected] This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or management of Nation’s Restaurant News.

Fourteen years ago, I started my first job at an organization urging food companies to improve farm animal treatment in their supply chains — an almost foreign concept at the time. I’d call purchasing directors and CEOs to ask about possibly shifting to products like cage-free eggs and hear crickets on the other end of the line.

“Huh? We already have eggs — we don’t want to buy your eggs,” I recall a major burger chain telling me, thinking I was attempting to sell them eggs rath

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