Minnesota egg farmers are excited to report the results of a ground-breaking study, which shows that egg farmers across the U.S. have significantly reduced their environmental footprint over the past 50 years – all while producing more eggs to feed a growing world population and fulfill an increased demand for eggs.
This study – funded by the American Egg Board and several others – compared egg production from 1960 to 2010, looking at everything from the laying hens themselves and their feed, to how the hens have been housed over the years and even how their manure is managed.
The results – compiled by the Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University – essentially show that 2010 egg production is significantly better for our overall environment than it was 50 years ago. In other words, sometimes it doesn’t make sense to go back in time, even when we want to wax philosophic about “the good old days.”
Compared with 1960, hens today:
- Weigh less and need less feed to produce a dozen eggs because of advancements made in nutrition and bird breeding
- Produce 27% more eggs per day
- Live significantly longer than laying hens 50 years ago because of safer housing (away from disease-carrying wildlife and predators) and better health tools to minimize and even eliminate disease problems
In short, U.S. egg farmers are able to feed 72% more people with just 18% more hens – all while using less energy, water and reducing greenhouse gas emissions: we think this is a win-win for everyone!
Check out the infographics below for more information, and you can read more of the details of this important study, here: http://www.ans.iastate.edu/EIC/
To learn more about Minnesota’s chicken and egg farmers, visit www.mnchicken.org