At first, looking at the graphic above, the drop in egg consumption looks pretty dramatic. Actually, it’s just about a dozen eggs per person per year. But hey, it’s something.
The news: From Voices of Compassion: “per capita egg consumption in the US has been steadily declining for the past six years!”
“That’s according to a recent Egg Industry Fact Sheet posted on the United Egg Producers’ website, which is based on statistics from the US Department of Agriculture. As highlighted in the graph below, in 2006 the average American ate 258.1 eggs while the estimate for 2011 drops down to 246.3 — that’s nearly one dozen fewer eggs per person.”
Why this is important: Eggs come from chickens that live in horrid, horrid conditions. Also, eating eggs means taking the lives of walking, thinking creatures, and, for some of us, that’s just wrong! As one more point, livestock production is the #1 cause of global warming emissions from humans, and the egg industry is part of that unsustainable fact.
Opportunities for action: Go vegan! And support organizations that support going vegan! (There are a lot of them. For example: Compassion Over Killing.)
Are they sure consumption is falling or are people raising their own chickens humanely and enjoying the eggs from happy chickens scratching in the dirt and eating insects?
I think any increase in such farming, if there is a net increase, isn’t so significant yet. But maybe…
Anonymous, those hens people are “humanely” raising are mostly bought from the same hatcheries as traditional egg producers. Half of the chicks born in the hatcheries are males who are “disposed of” often in cruel ways, including being thrown live into machines that grind their bodies up or into trash bags and/or large dumpsters where they either starve or suffocate to death. So these people, regardless of how well they are treating their chickens, are still adding to the demand that drives these horrific practices.
Another possibility is that a growing number of people are buying eggs locally from individuals raising their own chickens for eggs. About a third of of the people at my company (TV station @100 employees) buy their eggs from a fellow employee who has just under 50 hens. Eggs from happy chickens who have names.
Hmm, could be having a noticeable impact. Not sure how well they count those.