FRESNO (KCBS) — Get ready to pay more for eggs.
With the start of the new year, California starts requiring farmers to house hens in cages with enough space to move around and stretch their wings.
The new laws give hens more room and requires any farmer in the country selling eggs in California to abide by the state’s standards.
University of California, Davis, agricultural economist Daniel Sumner said egg prices could go up dramatically at first.
He expects prices to eventually settle at 10 and 40 percent higher in California and return to normal throughout the country.
Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States says that by paying a little more, consumers will help end the inhumane treatment of chickens.
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