Change in Legislation Will Cause Rise in Egg Prices

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

The price of food is continually on the rise, no matter where you flock to. Not even a month ago the HR 3798 legislation was put into effect. This HR 3798 bill ensures a rise in the slippery, oozing goodness called the egg industry. The legislation will add a 6% rise in eggs at a grocery store near you. So for all of those who love cooking, baking or eating eggs, you may want to rethink purchasing a dozen or two, as the increase in costs will unanimously hurt Americans in any state.

The mandate will cost American egg farmers as much as $10 billion more a year in production costs, which in turn will increase consumer prices at restaurants and in your local grocery store. The new initiative was set to ensure that egg-laying hens have at least 124-144 square inches to roam free, nesting boxes, perches, and scratching areas to sufficiently allow the hens to engage in any natural free-range egg-laying hen behaviors.

With conflicting thoughts on exactly if this new bill will actually enhance the well being of egg-laying hens, consumers are still weary of the idea that prices will rise on such a simple product. As America is still in an unemployment crisis, one can only hope the inflation won't be too drastic. In the end though, it's all about ensuring the arguments are laid to rest and we all start to think of just how this new initiative will increase egg production, as farmers do believe there will be an increase in egg production because of the better living conditions that are laid out for hens.

So the next time you go out and buy a dozen eggs to create that perfect quiche, you just may want to rethink that and start your very own chicken coop in your backyard.

Melaina is from a small town in Ontario, Canada and as an avid environmentalist with a passion for focusing on healthy living. Having traveled the world and written about it every step of the way, she one day hopes to develop unique environmental educational programs for kids. 

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