- HAPPIER HENS: Eggs from uncaged chickens, such as these at Cedar Creek Farm in Crawford County, are available in Arkansas.
Coming today: A Humane Society report on an undercover investigation of a major egg producer. It is not a pretty picture, as Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times reveals.
The Humane Society of the United States plans to release on Thursday the results of an undercover investigation into Kreider Farms, a major factory farm that produces 4.5 million eggs each day for supermarkets like ShopRite.
I’ve reviewed footage and photos taken by the investigator, who says he worked for Kreider between January and March of this year. In an interview, he portrayed an operation that has little concern for cleanliness or the welfare of hens.
“It’s physically hard to breathe because of the ammonia” rising from manure pits below older barns, said the investigator, who would not allow his name to be used because that would prevent him from taking another undercover job in agriculture.
Egg production is big business in Arkansas. The regulation of the Livestock and Poultry Commission is supposed to assure customers of the safety of the eggs. Last year, the Humane Society and egg producers reportedly reached a truce on debate about conditions for hens in factory egg operations.
Nonetheless: You can buy eggs from uncaged chickens in Arkansas. Just saying.