Starbucks Just Announced 100% Of Their Eggs Will Be Cage-Free By 2020

The 'bucks has really stepped up its game this year.

In February, it began offering coconut milk; in March, it started making cold-brew coffee; and now, it has plans to switch to cage-free eggs in North America by 2020, reports Reuters.

What exactly does "cage-free" mean, you ask? According to the Humane Society of the United States, "cage-free hens are able to walk, spread their wings and lay their eggs in nests, vital natural behaviors denied to hens confined in cages," but they can still "live in very large flocks that can consist of many thousands of hens who never go outside."

Starbucks' move follows similar ones by other major food chains such as McDonald's and Burger King.

But, according to the coffee company, it's been working to make the switch happen since 2008, and its now finally at a point where its made "significant progress" with farmers.

U.S. egg suppliers just endured the worst bird flu epidemic in the nation's history, so clearly "there is still work to be done across the industry to increase supply to address market conditions," Starbucks said in a statement. But "we are committed to working with our suppliers toward our goal to be 100 percent cage-free by 2020."

Let's hope this sets a precedent for animal treatment amongst Big Food companies (*cough* Tyson *cough*).

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