Many shoppers choose free-range eggs because they think they are tastier and healthier, rather than being motivated purely by concerns for hens' welfare, a new study has found.
Voters in Massachusetts passed a ballot measure that assumed so. But a philosopher of animal welfare suggests the ethical issues involved are trickier than a yes/no vote would suggest.
Do organic chickens taste better? Why are some eggs white and others brown? Are free range chickens healthier? There are a lot of questions about chicken production. Here are the facts.
New standards for free-range eggs will limit stocking densities and mean hens must have access to outdoors.