If nutritional quality and animal welfare issues factor into your egg-buying decisions, get ready for more bad news out of the Trump administration’s U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The USDA plans to ditch a rule, finalized under the Obama Administration, that would have required organic egg producers to provide hens with more space and more outdoor access.
Under the incoming Trump administration’s regulatory freeze, the new rule was delayed multiple times. Now the USDA wants to throw it out completely.
If the agency succeeds, organic egg producers won’t have to follow updated animal welfare rules—rules that the industry fought for, and that consumers overwhelmingly support.