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Reducing Our Environmental Footprint
According to a new study, the U.S. egg production industry has significantly decreased its environmental footprint in the past 50 years. Researchers at the Egg Industry Center conducted a first-of-its-kind lifecycle analysis of U.S. egg production from 1960 to 2010 and found that today’s hens are producing more eggs and living longer due to better health, nutrition, and their living environment. Yet at the same time, egg farms are using fewer resources and producing less waste. Compared to 1960:
- Today's hens use a little over half the amount of feed to produce a dozen eggs.
- The egg production process releases significantly less polluting emissions, including 71% lower greenhouse gas emissions.
- Hens now use 32% less water to produce a dozen eggs.
- Hens today produce 27% more eggs per day and are living longer.
- In 2010, the total supply of eggs produced was 77.8 billion, which is 30% higher than the 58.9 billion eggs produced in 1960.
- Despite producing more eggs in 2010, the total environmental footprint in 2010 was 54% – 63% lower than the environmental footprint in 1960.
- Using 1960 technology to produce the 2010 egg supply would have required 78 million more hens, 1.3 million more acres of corn and 1.8 million more acres of soybeans.
- In comparison to 1960 technology, egg farmers are able to feed 72% more people with just 18% more hens using today’s egg production methods.
- 71% lower greenhouse gas emissions or carbon footprint.
- 65% lower acidifying emissions (nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and ammonia).
- 71% lower eutrophying emissions (the introduction of nitrogen and phosphorus into the environment).
- 31% lower cumulative energy demand (the direct and indirect energy need for the entire egg production process).
- 32% less water use per dozen eggs produced.
- Produce 27% more eggs per day and are living significantly longer as their mortality rate has fallen by 57%.
- Use 26% less daily feed, and at the same time have a 42% higher feed conversion rate.
- Due to advancements in nutrition and bird breeding, young hens now weigh 30% less and the laying hen require a little over half the amount of feed to produce a dozen eggs.
- Young hens are also living significantly longer in 2010, with a 70% decrease in mortality when compared to young hens in 1960.