This week the US House of Representatives considers the 2013 Farm Bill — the agriculture policy tool for the federal government. Of all of the amendments that will be debated, there is one in particular that has conservatives fuming. If passed, the “Egg Bill” amendment will result in an unfunded government mandate on thousands of American family farmers. The amendment calls for federal requirements on the size and structure of egg producing facilities. This mandate could have significant consequences for farmers — especially the smaller, familyrun businesses. It would likely force farmers to shut down their operations or significantly increase their production costs, which will inevitably be passed on to consumers at the grocery stores and at restaurants. This complete overhaul of our nation’s egg producing facilities is expected to increase the price of eggs and any food containing eggs, such as baked goods.
The Egg Bill amendment is being pushed on Capitol Hill by liberal animal activist organizations, such as the Humane Society of the United States, who have made it their mission to end animal agriculture as we know it.
The Egg Bill amendment is opposed by conservative groups, such as Americans for Prosperity, and a majority of the US agriculture industry. Opponents say that similar mandates in Europe have cut food supplies and driven up costs, without any evidence of improved food safety, animal welfare or other social benefits.