A decision by Tim Hortons and Burger King to serve only cage-free eggs by 2025 is shining a spotlight on how the breakfast staple makes it from farm to plate.
While the transition is nearly a decade away, Egg Farmers Canada says that's because it will take time.
More than 90 per cent of the country's roughly 1,000 registered commercial egg-producing farms keep their hens in conventional housing, said Peter Clarke, the chairman of Egg Farmers
"It isn't just like turning a light switch on and off," he said. "It takes a significant amount of time to be able to do that."
The average farm has between 10,000 and 20,000 hens. Some only house several hundred and others as many as 400,000 hens.
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