NY Times on Egg Production Methods

The New York Times has a nice and very cleanly designed infographic breaking down America’s egg production by housing system. It’s a must-read for anyone who eats eggs.

The piece features a large color photo of a tiny battery cage confining five hens. Unfortunately, these appear to be young hens straight from the hatchery; I wish they’d instead chosen a shot of some hens who’d been battered by living in this sort of cage for more than a year.

The piece also features a photo of a cage-free system that looks pretty terrible, albeit still a lot better than what the battery hens endure.

While I wish the piece had quoted someone from HSUS, COK, or MFA, there’s no way our friends at the United Egg Producers can be happy that the Times published this.

These sorts of features virtually never appeared in mainstream media a decade ago, but now they seem to appear all the time. It’ll be interesting to see if the numbers of vegetarians start swinging up over the next few years as a result of the constant exposure that factory farming practices have been getting. Link.