Canada to phase out conventional cages for egg production — in 20 years

I laughed out loud when I saw this story in the monopoly-supported agriculture rag, La Terre de Chez Nous:

C’est officiel, les Producteurs d’œufs du Canada veulent mettre fin à l’installation des cages conventionnelles destinées aux poules pondeuses.
La conversion complète vers l’élevage des poules en liberté ou avec des cages aménagées de plus grande dimension se fera progressivement, d’ici 2036. […]
La décision d’importants acheteurs, comme McDonald’s, Tim Hortons, Burger King et Hellmann’s, d’exiger des œufs de poules en liberté a convaincu plusieurs producteurs de rénover leurs poulaillers en délaissant les cages conventionnelles.

My translation:

It’s official, the Egg Producers of Canada want to put an end to the use of conventional cages for laying hens.
The complete conversion to free range hens or larger cages will be done progressively from now until 2036. […]
The decision of important buyers like McDonald’s, Tim Hortons, Burger King and Hellmann’s to require free range eggs has convinced many producers to renovate their coops and leave behind conventional cages.

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Personally, I’m fully in support of this decision, but it’s the time-line that makes me crack the hell up. 20 years?

Talk about bold moves!


Look, I understand that glacially-big industries must move slowly (or think they must). Which is exactly why I’d rather be the tiny mammalian proto-rat than the too-big-to-adapt dinosaur when the hail of meteors comes. Personally, I don’t have to wait 20 years to have cage free birds. I’ve always had them and will never have anything else.

Have fun over the next 20 years, ag dinosaurs!

I don’t want to say that over the course of the next 20 years, agriculture in North America will definitely see cataclysmic changes due to knock-on effects of Climate Change coupled with accelerated pressures caused by the entry of novel (ie, unstable) living modified organisms into wild environments, plus competition from faux meat, dairy and egg products from “food innovators”— but I think we can safely use the word “probably” in forecasting the next two decades of agriculture in North America. Things are most definitely going to change — are changing — and I wish dinosaur ag-industry players the very best of luck re-arranging deck chairs on their own personal Titanic.

Meanwhile, I’ve got my own eggs to collect!