Massive increase in UK free-range eggs
Experts are now predicting that more than half of the
eggs produced in Britain will be free-range within the next five years.
The current level of 33% is expected to increase to over 50% following new
EU restrictions on the use of hen cages, as well as the growing demand from UK
retailers, as well as final consumers.
By 2012, free-range eggs are expected to account for 55% of British egg
production, which translates into another 9 million hens being kept in
According to National Farmers' Union poultry board chairman Charles Bourns,
the extra land for the free-range increase was already causing problems with
"If people want this food and they want it to be local then it has to be
produced somewhere. It is a big problem and I see that as the major stumbling
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