FOOD: Henocide

The U.S. is a nation of chickens —more than 430 million of them, or about twice as many as people. Nearly three out of four of the birds are raised for the sole purpose of laying eggs. Therein lies a problem: a superfluity of busy chickens has led to a surplus of eggs. Retail prices are down to 40¢ a dozen in some areas, and wholesale prices are at their lowest levels in more than 30 years. Farmers complain that eggs now sell at an average of 5¢ less per dozen than the...

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