Since January 2022, the cost of food, especially eggs, has increased significantly. The media would have people believe that there is just one cause. While it’s true that Avian Flu (H5N1) is wreaking havoc all across the world, especially in the US and France, many other factors have led to this nutritious food item being in scarce supply.
The media tells us that this is the worst outbreak of avian flu since 2015 and that it has eliminated 6% of the laying flock in the US. However, there are other factors contributing, all of which Protect The Harvest has worked to inform the public about.
Legislation Pushed by Animal Extremist Groups
New laws are significant factors in the high cost of eggs (California Prop2, California Prop 12, Mass Question 3, Michigan, Washington, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Oregon, and Utah) requiring producers to provide their hens larger spaces, cage-free barns, and/or requiring stores to only sell eggs from those specific farms that comply with their state regulations. States like Ohio have banned the construction of new battery cage housing systems for egg-laying hens. In addition to the avian flu, winter storms, fuel prices, and truck driver shortages, cage-free requirements mean poultry farms have to retrofit to accommodate for the larger areas. Colorado is the latest state to enact a cage-free law as of January 1 and after losing 85% of their poultry flocks to avian flu,