Male baby chicks won’t be going to the grinder anymore

Dylan Matthews for Vox – This is the best news for America’s animals in decades. It’s about baby chickens:

But ending chick culling has become possible recently due to technology. United Egg Producers says it will replace culling with “in-ovo egg sexing.” This is a process that can determine the sex of chicks before they develop inside their egg. That enables egg producers to terminate the male eggs and potentially use them to help make vaccines or for pet food (most humans would presumably be grossed out by cooking fertilized eggs). Horrific infanticides will be replaced with humane, painless chicken abortions.

Great news. No more grinding male baby chicks.

What are good eggs?

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“Nest-laid,” “free-run,” “free-range” and “organic”: Egg cartons hold a lot of big promises about what’s inside and how they got there. We test the marketing on supermarket eggs, and ask companies if we can see for ourselves what the labels really mean for chickens and for you.

Hardly scientific, but it does show that people have many different tastes and considerations when choosing eggs.

What makes for good eggs? For that matter, what about good meats, good fruits and vegetables, and good processed foods?