Preserving and Protecting the Environment -- Its Integral to US Egg Production
Egg farmers embrace preserving and protecting the environment because it is the right thing to do. Furthermore, we believe modern US egg farming is one of the keys to producing, sustainably, humanely and profitably, a highly nutritious source of top quality protein for today's 6.9 billion people. But more than that, modern egg farming is the best way to produce affordable and safe eggs for the world's estimated 9 billion people in the year 2050 in a manner that is best for the environment. Food security experts worldwide estimate that by then the production of animal proteins is going to have to increase by 75 percent.
Our egg farmers can do this because we place top priority on using as little energy, water, feed, packaging and other materials as possible while providing the eggs and egg products that our customers demand. Our laying hens' manure is stored and used responsibly, the vast majority of which is being recycled into crop production, providing nutrients for plants, contributing to healthy soils, saving energy and reducing commercial fertilizer use. Our total environmental footprint is very small, including our greenhouse gas emissions.
Some examples of our environmental performance and the commitment of UEP's members are:
• The US EPA considers egg laying farms to be strong examples of zero discharge facilities for purposes of water quality and regulation under the Clean Water Act, and our record confirms that.
• Egg farmers have invested $2.8 million in an EPA-supervised multiyear air emissions monitoring study and will be working with EPA to develop air emissions factors from this data.
• Egg farmers are engaged in a USDA Conservation Innovation Grant to demonstrate to the industry how changes in laying hen diet can significantly reduce air emissions from layer manure.
• Our hen houses and the manure stored there have negligible amounts of GHG emissions and no egg producing facility in the US has enough GHG emissions to qualify for reporting under the GHG emissions reporting rule.
• Egg farmers are actively supporting an environmental lifecycle analysis for the US egg industry that will evaluate GHG emissions and other environmental performance measures for the complete lifecycle of egg production - from crops and the inputs to crops all the way to the grocery store shelf.
Please visit this website regularly for updates and discussions of the environmental performance of the modern US egg industry and what our performance means for meeting the critical challenges facing the US and people worldwide