The Good Egg Project

America's egg farmers invite you to learn more about where eggs come from and the efforts they make to take care of our communities, hens and planet.

Meet The Farmers

As America's egg farmers, we are committed to delivering high-quality eggs and following the highest standards for caring for our animals and the land we farm. See the egg production process first-hand and get to know us better!

Farm To Table

Product Process

Delivering our eggs from the hen house to your grocery store is a very efficient, clean, and thorough process. We take great care in providing you with the freshest and most nutritious product.

Laying

Laying

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Collecting

Collecting

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Washing

Washing

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Farmer's Choice: Egg Types

America's egg farmers believe in consumer choice and work hard to provide you with the highest-quality variety of eggs, no matter what kind of eggs you choose. You can spend anywhere from about $1.50 per dozen for conventionaleggs, to more than $3.00 per dozen for specialty eggs, which typically cost more to produce.

Happy Hens

An egg farmer's livelihood depends on the production of high-quality eggs. The productionof high-quality eggs depends on nurturing healthy hens. Nurturing healthy hens depends on the right diet, housing, lighting, water and overall living conditions. As egg farmers, we want happy hens on our farms and want you to feel good about the eggs you buy!

America's egg farmers are committed to the health and well-being of their hens, and dedicated to providing their customers with fresh, nutritious eggs. Light, housing, diet and health are very important to the production process in order to provide high-quality egg, and therefore, very important to the egg farmer.

Raising Healthy Hens

America's egg farmers feed our hens food that meets the birds' daily nutrient requirements. The feed is carefully balanced by a poultry nutrition specialist to combine the right amounts of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

What's In

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Corn
  • Soybean Meal

What's Out

  • Growth Hormones
  • Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

Reducing Our Environtmental Footprint

U.S. egg production has significantly decreased its environmental footprint in the past 50 years. Researchers at the Egg Industry Center found that today's hens are living longer due to better health, better nutrition and betterliving environments. These researchers studied U.S. egg production from 1960 to 2010 in a first-of-its-kind lifecycle analysis.

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.
  • Live significantly longer, with a 70% decrease in mortality
  • Use 32% less water to produce a dozen eggs.
  • Produce 27% more eggs per day and are living longer.

Overall Study Facts

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,today's egg farmers are able to feed 72% more people.

Environmental Footprint Highlights

71 lower greenhouse gas emissions or carbon footprint and eutrophying emissions (the introduction of nitrogen and phosphorus into the environment).
71 lower greenhouse gas emissions or carbon footprint and eutrophying emissions (the introduction of nitrogen and phosphorus into the environment).
71 lower greenhouse gas emissions or carbon footprint and eutrophying emissions (the introduction of nitrogen and phosphorus into the environment).
71 lower greenhouse gas emissions or carbon footprint and eutrophying emissions (the introduction of nitrogen and phosphorus into the environment).

Farmers Feeding The Hungry

In 2009, America's egg farmers launched the Good Egg Project (GEP), aimed at:

  • Highlighting egg farmers' nationwide efforts to feed the hungry
  • Educating families, communities and classrooms about how eggs are produced
  • Providing transparent farm-to-table information on how egg farmers provide safe, affordable and nutritious eggs

Today, American egg farmers continue to balance their operations with firm commitments to the people they feed, the animals they care for and the environment we all share.