Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced a bill in May — S. 3239 Egg Products Inspection Act — that, if passed, would cause egg prices to skyrocket (possibly as much as four times!) and would likely put an end to untold chicken farmers.
"With [the Humane Society of the United States'] vegan animal rights platform as the motivations behind crafting a controversial egg bill, S. 3239... [inches] U.S. egg producers closer to a mandate which would require them to phase out conventional cages for egg-laying hens and transition to a system called 'enriched colony cages' by 2029, at a cost to U.S. egg producers ranging between $4 billion to $10 billion." — Mindy Patterson, "Animal Rights Legislation Would Make Eggs a Luxury Food"
As goes Europe, so goes America...
"Eggs could become more costly than gasoline if the U.S. Congress adopts proposed legislation that is eerily similar to European government mandates on hen housing.
"Britain enforced the mandate first and saw egg prices double in 2011. Other European nations applied the rule on January 1, and the London Observer newspaper reported wholesale egg prices nearly quadrupled in one week.
"The reason? There is a growing egg shortage because of shrinking production. British farmers alone spent $650 million on new housing, but the global financial crisis and other factors kept many others from making such costly investments. Some farmers, especially those producing free-range eggs, say they lose money on every egg."
— Keep Food Affordable (a coalition of farmers, consumers and food-security organizatioins)
Even if you're not a big egg-eater, eggs are used in THOUSANDS of products...
"Cupcakes, protein shakes, fresh pasta, energy bars, aoli, salad dressings, ice cream, sherbet, mayonnaise, dinner rolls, soufflés, casseroles, meatballs, meatloaf, soups, soup stocks, pudding, custard, consommé, béarnaise sauce, tartar sauce, strata, frittatas, malted beverages, breadings, coatings, omelets, crepes, quiche, meringue, remoulade, eggnog, and those two essentials of the American cookout, hamburger and hotdog buns." — Keep Food Affordable
Which means the price of darn near everything (i.e. every product containing eggs) will go up, Up, and UP.
GovTrack currently gives this bill a 10% chance of passing, BUT that's not unusual for a bill that's just been introduced AND it's uncanny how many socialist mandates manage to jump the pond shortly after being implemented by Europe...
Consider: Why did Feinstein introduce this thing anyway? Where did she get the IDEA? Do we have to copy EVERYTHING Europe does?!
We need to nip this in the bud NOW before it flies under the radar.
Please visit the Keep Food Affordable action page and make your voice heard: