Egg producers would have to triple the number of laying hens kept in so-called cage-free housing to make good on their promise to meet demands for restaurant and retail chains by 2025.

Only 16.8 percent of U.S. laying hens are currently in “cage-free” housing.

Egg producers do not appear to be making as rapid conversion to “cage-free” housing from its traditional battery cages. That puts all of those 2025 promises in doubt.

Purdue University’s Jayson Lusk presented new research on the egg market at the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s recent stakeholders summit. Lusk, distinguished professor, and director of Purdue’s Department of
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