As demands to feed the world’s growing population become even greater, sustainability is much more than a buzzword. Today’s egg farms use water and arable cropland more efficiently, while using less fuel, compared to farms 50 years ago. Quite simply, they do far more with considerably less.
Every aspect of the egg production process, from cultivating feed to transporting the eggs, has led to a reduced environmental footprint.
Due to increased feed efficiency, advancements in hen housing and best practices in manure management, egg farms use less water and energy on a daily basis and release less polluting emissions to produce a dozen eggs .
A study by the Egg Industry Center demonstrates how the egg community has reduced its environmental footprint over the last 50 years through improved hen feed, better disease control and lower death loss, advancements in hen housing and subsequent reduction of natural resource use. Researchers conducted a life cycle assessment, comparing 1960 and 2010 U.S. egg production to evaluate environmental impacts encompassing every aspect from cultivating feeds to raising the laying hens.