McDonald's Says "No" To Cage-Free Eggs

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It's easy to make McDonald's the bad guy of the food world. If Fast Food Nation didn't turn you off Big Macs, probably nothing will. But this time McDonald's had a chance to do something to improve not only their image, but the quality of their product as well; and Mickey D's is fighting hard against the positive change.

According to the New York Times blog, Green Inc., the Humane Society proposed that McDonald's purchase at least 5% of their eggs from a cage-free hen house. Burger King, Subway and Wendy's have already committed to purchasing a portion of their eggs from cage-free facilities, as have Wal-Mart and Trader Joe's. But the McDonald's board is recommending share holders vote against the proposal.

Two things about the board's actions that show they are more interested in their bottom line than the health and well-being of the Americans that keep them in luxury cars: One, they claim the science isn't in on the benefit of cage-free hen houses vs. the corporate versions that don't even allow enough space for a hen to spread her wings. Meanwhile, many reports exist that these facilities are inhumane. I would add unsanitary to that description as well.

Additionally, McDonald's has already committed to purchasing a much larger percentage of cage-free eggs for it's restaurants in Europe. But in the U.S., they balk.

The proposal is only asking that McDonald's commit to purchasing a mere 5% cage-free eggs. It may not seem like much, but it would be a step in the right direction and a message to the corporate, inhumane hen houses that there is a better, cleaner way and one of the largest corporations in America will support that way.

We need sustainable, safe and humane methods of food production to rise above the corrupt system that is currently delivering dinner to millions of Americans. McDonald's support would make this much-needed shift a reality.

The board fighting against progress is just another example of irresponsible behavior by a leader in the fast food industry, and another reason why I will never take my family to a McDonald's.

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