The Year in Food 2007

Chickens Behind Bars

Victory finally came for the Humane Society of the United States when Burger King, Wolfgang Puck, and Ben & Jerry’s all agreed to switch from battery-cage-grown chickens to fowl that’ve been allowed to spread their wings and lie in (more) peace. Cage-free is nice and all, but apparently chickens like it even more when they get to wander freely about a pasture, plucking worms and bathing in dust. (Note that this doesn’t mean free-range, which isn’t clearly defined enough to enforce humane conditions.) Getting companies to upgrade again to pasture-raised, however, is going to mean convincing consumers that $6 for a dozen eggs is worth that much more happiness in a bird’s life. —Davina Baum