When it comes to eggs, choices being made in the U.S. marketplace seem pretty overwhelming. A report published by Feedstuffs Online revealed today that Americans buy conventional eggs from cage housing systems in a ratio of 40:1 compared to cage-free eggs. That information originated from Information Resources Inc. (IRI), a firm that tracks checkout scanner transactions from 34,000 grocery and other retail stores in the U.S.
Other facts reported in the story indicated that Americans pay three times less for eggs than Europeans do. More than half of all Americans prefer that eggs be produced using current cage methods or that producers change to less intensive aviary or colony systems. Only 44 percent said they prefer cage-free housing, but apparently those people are not voting with their pocketbooks.