U.S. Department of Agriculture
Why buy "cage-free" when you can go egg-free?

To the editor: Thank you for reminding readers that California voters decisively backed Proposition 2 in 2008 in order to improve the lives of millions of hens. The key word here is "improve." ("California's egg-laying hens to get their breathing room," Editorial, Dec. 26) What may not be clear is that the labels used on egg cartons can be very misleading to consumers. Many think that a "cage-free" label means the hens are outside roaming and pecking to their hearts' content, which is far from the truth. The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines it as, "The flock was able to freely roam a building, room, or enclosed area with unlimited access...