Many large egg-producing operations, like this one in Stuart, Iowa, would have to change the way they house hens if they want to sell eggs in California under the terms of a new California state law that is currently under court challenge.
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By most measures, David Kesten's hens are living the good life.
The hens in Hongwei Xin’s basement lab at Iowa State University in Ames have perches, one of the requirements of new cages proposed in an egg industry-supported federal bill.
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Eggs are simple, versatile and popular. In fact, each American consumes about 250 eggs per year. However, the poultry business – which grapples with the environmental challenge of caring for the millions of hens that lay all those eggs – is anything but simple.