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There are 10 comments on BU to Take Its Eggs Cage-Free

  1. This is fantastic news on a number of levels! I wholeheartedly support efforts to end animal cruelty–the way we treat our livestock, pets, and animal friends says a lot about us as a society and the value we place on innocent life.

  2. Great work, Nathan! I hope students will consider putting pressure on Apple and other computer companies that exploit poor factory workers and turn entire communities into dumping grounds for old computers.

  3. Definitely a move in the right direction. Contrary to what the article states, I have read that free-range (or pastured) chickens do produce nutritionally superior eggs, as they are able to incorporate worms and bugs into their diet, as opposed to the strictly vegetarian diet that caged and cage-free chickens are fed. ( Chickens are naturally omnivorous, so I eagerly buy up free-range whenver I can. Perhaps that is not realistic for a large-scale opperation in terms of space requirements. Pete & Gerry’s is my commercial egg source of choice.

    1. Definitely right, Chris! I bought Pete and Gerry’s too for a while. They treat their chickens well. Then I switched to only completely pastured from Vital Farms–they sell at Whole Foods.
      The reason is Pete and Gerry’s chickens are still fed grain diets with flaxseed to raise the OMEGA-3’s, which seems good, but as opposed to their natural diets, these are more unstable fats subject to greater rancidity and causes more inflammation than if the chickens ate naturally in the pastures.

  4. Great work. This is a good step forward even though the nutritional value of inexpensive cage free eggs is identical to the cage variety – as they can only eat the same. For a real nutritional difference the chickens need regular access to pasture and they need full beaks.

  5. Hooray! The statement, “An overwhelming 97 percent responded yes [to cage free], regardless of cost” is telling. The university claims the cost is not passed to students, but that is malarkey. Where in their operating budget did they save $80k? Oh, that’s right, BU’s tuition increase was only 3.9 percent this year. But what do costs matter when the government continues their unfettered loan scam? Universities and students alike enjoy anything when the costs are simply passed to others.

    By the way, that cage free photo doesn’t look better than a more traditional production facility. These hens are dirty, can be injured due to quarrels, and still look very crowded (not to mention extremely inefficient). A better gauge of treatment is to determine whether the hens are in distress. Check out this video from Discovery Channel’s How it’s Made on egg production. It’s seems pretty clear the hens are clean, healthy, and are not in any distress.

    Hey, if cost is not an issue, why not just demand that BU use only Free-Range, organic eggs blessed by the Pope (or Jamie Oliver).

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