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 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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