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Environmental footprint of the egg industry

A team of Spanish researchers from the University of Oviedo completed a study to determine the environmental impact of intensive egg production. The results showed that the production of the feed contributed the most towards the sector’s carbon footprint. A smaller contribution comes from the materials used for packaging eggs, and the team said that keeping hens for longer assists in reducing the subsequent impacts. The resulting carbon footprint was similar to that derived from milk production, but much lower than that of the veal, pork or lamb industry. (The featured image was sourced from the Environmental Working Group and is not derived from the study findings reported above.)

 

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