Egg Farmers of Canada launches industry-wide shift from “conventional” hen housing
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All production will be in enriched housing, free-run, aviary or free-range by 2036
On behalf of the more than 1,000 Canadian egg farms in operation, Egg Farmers of (EFC) has officially announced the start of what it calls “a coordinated, systematic, market-oriented transition from conventional egg production toward other methods of production for supplying eggs.” This announcement comes at a time when many high-profile food companies and restaurant chains have publicly committed to making an eventual shift toward only using cage-free eggs in their supply chains.
According to an EFC press release, their collective approach aims to take hen welfare, human health, environmental impact and food production sustainability all into account.
The expectation is that all production will be in enriched housing, free-run, aviary or free-range by 2036, assuming the current market conditions prevail.
Alongside this announcement, the industry also hopes to discuss the benefits of enriched housing, which do not seem to be widely understood outside of the industry, with stakeholders and consumers. These include food safety, the minimization of mortality, cannibalism, and other aggressive behaviours (hens flock together and enjoy small groups), ensuring adequate feed and water for all (hens have a pecking order), human health and the lowest possible environmental impacts.
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