WalMart’s announcement that it will sell only cage-free eggs by 2025 is being lauded as the final act solidifying the food industry’s transition to more humane egg production. Walmart follows dozens of other retailers, restaurants and food manufacturers to commit to cage-free eggs over the next several years. McDonald’s, Kroger, Costco and Trader Joe’s are among those also in transition.
As more cage-free eggs come to market, the often-pricier option could become more affordable.
“We expect that as cage-free eggs shift from a specialty product to the industry standard over the next decade, that change will be reflected for our customers in pricing,” says Kevin Gardner, a Walmart spokesman.
While it is good to see more of an effort to free chickens from battery cages, there is still much to do. A move to only certified outdoor free range, cruelty free eggs is the next step.