In theory that may work. I was at CostCo today the egg prices were $3.45 for 2 dozen, the organic eggs were $4.65 for 18 pak. Now is that price reflective of cost to supply or by tigher regulation?
Some here advocate that little farms are being squeezed out. When more regulations are added and directed at the big guys they in turn say wait a minute you need to put those rules on everyone to be fair in trade laws. Now what happens is the little guy says hey I cannot afford that change in my operation and he is forced to either sell out to usually a bigger guy hence making him bigger or they go under which frees up a market share for the big guy to get bigger. In the end you have all big guys no little guys and a monopoly and power to run your farm as you see fit. Then along comes the bleeding hearts and they say oh you need to treat them better, industry weighs out the legal costs and settles for a middle of the road compromise and in turn the industry who controls the egg price pass that cost on to the consumer. Then comes foreign eggs (if possible) and they put US egg farmers out of business because there is really no global law or way to enforce that except in tariffs and now you have a trade war and that usually starves out the businesses that cannot afford to sell their eggs at cost or less for a period of time that it takes to kill your competitors.
This is what usually happens when government gets in the business of regulating free market enterprises. These are the things that send our jobs overseas. Business is business and there is no place in business for emotional subjects it has no tangible cost or value associated with it and is driven by hype and fear. If you ran a business that was say producing spiders and you killed these spiders in the course of your business ,most would not care but when trends make your spider a pet it now has rights and you now have to see to their welfare at the urging of those who see them as a pet even though you created those spiders for one specific purpose and that was to kill them. It is all emotional and that is something relative similar to the idea that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Originally Posted by AquaEyes
But your stance seems to be that humane laws are a bad thing, yet the example you provided as an egg producer is for them. My opinion is that there are humane egg producers, but conducting their business humanely means that their costs are higher than those who do so inhumanely. I doubt the $0.99 per dozen eggs come from places run as well as Williamette, but their under-cutting competition is able to keep prices low by using questionable practices. When a culture moves forward with regards to ethics, there will always be some who lag behind, and in business, that can relate to bigger profits and driving out of business those who hold fast to their ethics. By enacting legislation to bring things to a higher minimum, we are leveling the playing field and eliminating the cheaters from making profit by means that are technically legal, but below the standards set by current societal values. This, I believe, is why the egg producer you cited as a reference stands behind advances in humane legislation -- to allow the family-farmer business ethics to remain profitable in today's market.