Don’t worry, it’s not like McDonald’s is converting into a salads-only joint (though who knows what’ll happen by 2050?).
But for now, the fast-food chain is doing something pretty great for the planet and its feathered friends: shifting exclusively to cage-free eggs in the US and Canada by 2025. (The transition will take so long because, sadly, there simply aren’t enough cage-free farms to meet the restaurant’s demand.)
And because McDonald’s is one of the world’s biggest egg purchasers — if not the biggest with two-billion shelled and liquid eggs annually — this move will have an impact on egg production and farming across the globe. The fast-food behemoth buys so many eggs, it’ll ultimately help bring down the price of cage-free eggs across the board.
While we’re not so foolish to actually believe the chickens producing these eggs are running around in a green pasture somewhere, it is certainly still a step in the right direction for McDonald’s, which, to its credit, seems to be adapting as well as it can to modern food production and sustainability.
So, now you can feel slightly less guilty when you swing by McD’s in the morning for an egg McMuffin.
Can’t wait? You can whip up your own McMuffin at home in 60 seconds flat and use whatever eggs you want: