30 May '11, 8am
Food Giants Get Behind Sustainable Egg Farming – of a Kind
Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply (CSES) has just provided a $6 million grant for a study of the sustainability of hen housing systems at egg farms . While the word “sustainable” conjures up images of optimal free range conditions, the specific focus is on three kinds of housing systems at commercial egg farms. That makes sense when you consider the Coalition’s membership, which consists of a laundry list of corporate food partners such as McDonald’s , Cargill Kitchen Solutions, Cracker Barrel Country Store, Inc. and Bob Evans Farms. It also raises some interesting questions about how deeply into sustainability large companies can go and still deliver the massive quantities of product they need to stay competitive.