Comment by banx on Open Thread #43 · 2019-02-06T08:12:05.405Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks! For eggs in particular, I've concluded that none of the standards require the producers to avoid buying hens from hatcheries that cull male chicks, or to ensure that they are culled in a particular way, or to let laying hens live out their lives once they're beyond their prime laying age. Also that there are essentially no hatcheries that do not cull male chicks, but there is apparently a commitment from 95% of egg producers to stop culling by 2020 by using sex-selection technology to avoid creating male chicks altogether.

Comment by banx on Open Thread #43 · 2019-02-05T21:22:57.754Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Does anyone here have opinions on the higher quality labels for farm animal products, such as "Certified Humane"? (see here for a comparison of labels by ASPCA: I am particularly interested in egg labels.

Comment by banx on [link] GiveWell's 2015 recommendations are out! · 2015-11-24T21:59:29.932Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

Does anyone have any thoughts on giving to AMF vs giving to GiveWell? It sounds like GiveWell still believes that donations to GiveWell are more effective. I believe that they are being honest about this, but I wonder to what extent I should take into account the biases inherent in self-evaluation. I am also unsure how, if at all, the existence of Good Ventures should influence this decision.