This is an interesting article, for several reasons. Thought I would share it along with some points and questions that come to mind. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-...ane-chicken-act-complicates-u-s-farm-law.html (1) The photograph of the "cage free" commercial egg laying operation looks only marginally more humane and sanitary than the battery-cage operation. And certainly no more sustainable or healthy for the end-consumer (pastured hens these are not). (2) It is ironic that the most obvious solution to abuses in the egg-laying industry wasn't taken up by CA voters at the local and state level (though please correct me if I am wrong): liberalizing the laws restricting backyard chicken keeping. Very recently, Berkley, among all places, has been seized with controversy when people wanted to lower the lot size requirement for keeping a few hens (to somewhere around 10,000 sqf -- not tiny). (3) I wonder if an increase in commercial egg prices will have a discernible impact upon the number of families keeping their own flocks? (4) Will the average consumer ever realize that "cage free" doesn't necessarily mean more humane, more sustainable, or more healthy eggs? To the extent that The Humane Society is passing off "cage free" as synonymous with more humane and more sustainable, they are doing a disservice (again, look at the picture of "cage free" -- and imagine the manure management problem there). Discuss.