There may be a thread about this already, but I couldn't find it: Are grocery-store egg prices going to raise dramatically in the next few years as new chicken housing regulations are phased in? We went to the state fair yesterday and were bonding with a representative for a local hatchery. He told us he expected commercial eggs to start selling for $8/dozen as the new egg production housing regulations were phased in. Obviously we were speaking casually and I can't imagine people will spend that much for commercial eggs. Nevertheless, it got me to wondering if future egg prices had been discussed here at BYC. It also made me proud of myself that I've started to raise backyard chickens for myself and the people who work on our farm (though my eggs are costing me WAY more than $8/dozen at the moment!). Anyway, I searched the Internet and came up with a report published by United Egg Producers in 2009. The title of the report is "Impacts of Banning Cage Egg Production in the United States." Here is a link to the PDF file: http://www.unitedegg.org/information/pdf/Promar_Study.pdf I also read one of those doomsday articles which claimed we'll all be vegans in 25 years because farming animals will be ecologically impossible. Thoughts?