09 Apr '12, 10am

Easter Egg Shortages in Czech Republic Due to End of Battery Egg Farms

Easter Egg Shortages in Czech Republic Due to End of Battery Egg Farms

Egg shortages across Europe are affecting Easter eggs. As of January 1, 2012, all eggs in the European Union (EU) are supposed to be hatched by hens kept in free-range barns or "enriched" cages. It's great news for the chickens but has led to egg shortages and massive price increases because farmers across Europe have not been able to implement the new rules in a timely way. There are egg shortages in the UK and now it has become a big issue in the Czech Republic because Easter eggs are a very important part of their Easter tradition. The hand-painted, decorated eggs, called Kraslice, are the most recognizable symbol of Czech Easter. Girls decorate Easter eggs to give them to boys on Easter Monday. Families decorate them according to local designs and heritage. When visitors come round, it's courtesy to give them a delicately hand-painted egg. As in the UK, the price of eg...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/easter-egg-shortages...

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