EAST LANSING -- Researchers at Michigan State University in East Lansing and the University of California-Davis have received a $6 million grant to study ways to improve the sustainability of U.S. egg production in the face of growing consumer demand for eggs from cage-free hens.
Michigan State announced the three-year grant Wednesday from the Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply.
The announcement says the focus of the work is the sustainability of laying-hen housing and the interactions and trade-offs among food and worker, environmental impact, hen welfare and food affordability.
Michigan State director of animal welfare Janice Swanson says the study information should help consumers and producers make objective, science-based decisions as farmers react to changing consumer preferences.
It will look at conventional cage, enriched cage and free-range housing.