LETTER: Cage Free Law in CT Could Boost Egg Prices Further

Submitted by Mark D. Fichtel, Greenwich

Though I haven’t The Greenwich Free Press carry a story about the recent fire that killed 100,000 chickens and the resultant talk about legislators supposedly considering a law to require all eggs sold in Connecticut to be from “cage free” hens, people might consider the cost of doing that. 

According to a  Wall Street Journal editorial on February 7, California, which passed such a law in 2018, now has an average wholesale price of $5.62 for a dozen white eggs, which is 84% above the Midwest average of $3.05. 

Connecticut shoppers should get ready for much higher egg prices if our legislators decide to follow California’s lead. 

It might be good for chickens, but not for lower income Connecticut residents.