Seeing Is Believing

Hatched: Friday, April 9th, 2010

We’ve noticed that an opinion piece originally printed two years ago in the Arizona Republic is being resurfaced…and that’s a good thing.

Columnist Linda Valdez wrote about her experience visiting a farm where the birds are raised in cage housing for egg production, as well as touring a cage-free operation. These tours occurred after she took aim at the so-called factory farming issue and the perception of negligent animal care on modern farms. Clearly she had a biased opinion going in, which is precisely why this column is important and worth resurfacing.

These are perhaps the most telling lines of her column:

“People think by spending more money on cage-free eggs they are creating a better life for that chicken,” Armstrong says.

I was one of those people. I’ve changed my mind.

While Valdez’s column was published in advance of Proposition 2 passing in California, and subsequently banning cage housing by 2015, it’s obvious that too few Californians got the message.

Before more states follow California’s misguided lead, perhaps we should all do our part to circulate Valdez’s aptly titled column to the misinformed. Her headline says it far better than we could:

Cage-free egg farms peck away at consumer reality.”  

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