Why the Price of Eggs May Be Going Up

The healthy breakfast staple is subject to new regulations in California

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Eggs are a fit foodie's BFF: The inexpensive breakfast staple is easy to prepare, has tons of protein, is just 80 calories each, and is even one of The 11 Best Foods For Your Brain. That's a lot of payoff for a relatively low-cost healthy food. But you may have to shell out a little more soon enough: Egg prices are likely to rise between 10 and 40 percent over the next year, reports the L.A. Times, as California's new law for egg producers goes into effect.

Proposition 2, a historic animal welfare law which was actually passed in 2008 but went into effect on January 1st, requires that each egg-laying chicken get a full square foot of space, which is more than double the room in standard overcrowded cages (the birds will now have enough space to stretch out and spread their wings).

Although the regulations are in California, they're expected to have ripple effects across the country, since the state imports about a third of the country's eggs and the proposition requires out of state compliance, reports The New York Times.

Before you start hoarding eggs (or switching up your breakfast routine), the Times article estimates a 27-cent increase in a dozen eggs, which seems like a small price to pay for happier, healthier birds (and humans-cramped cages can lead to salmonella contamination)-and still low enough that a dozen eggs remains a nutritional bargain. So keep making these 20 Quick and Easy Ways to Cook Eggs!

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