NAEF Refutes HSUS Claims on Boston Herald Radio

  1. The National Association of Egg Farmers has responded to the Boston Herald radio interview with Paul Shapiro, HSUS, where he cites the egg industry statistics during Prop 2 that egg costs will only increase by 1 cent per egg if produced in cage-free environments.  Below we demonstrate that reality, such as occurred in California from its ballot initiative, is much more extreme.



Dear Editor,

This is in response to the recent interview with Paul Shapiro, HSUS, on Boston Herald Radio where he cited the cost of eggs going up minimally from the implementation of the Massachusetts ballot initiative, is predictive and not based on reality.  Here is reality. When California implemented its new regulation governing how eggs are to be produced on all eggs sold in California on January 1 [California Department of Agriculture Title 3, Section 1350 on Shell Egg Food Safety], we saw the price of eggs in the state surge upwards double digits compared to elsewhere in the nation.  In January when the price of eggs nationally sold to retailers averaged $0.82 to $1.04 for large, white eggs, the price in California of eggs sold to retailers averaged $2.75 to $3.30.  With the bird flu in the Midwest destroying 48 million egg laying chickens and turkeys, the prices in California is continuing to increase.  California news stations have been telephoning our association already this week asking why the price of a dozen eggs has soared to $6.00 per dozen.  That’s 50 cents per egg, far greater than the one cent per egg predicted.  California does not produce enough eggs to supply the population of 39 million people in the state.  It must import eggs from other states, but their production standards limits the supplies available.  Massachusetts will experience the same when it implements its ballot initiative and limits the supply of eggs to its 6.7 million people.  When supplies of a commodity are in short supply, the price naturally goes up. This is just what those opposed to eating eggs want.  Increase the price so fewer eggs are purchased.