Here is just an overview of the Ethics and Nutrition Basics of why I avoid putting hen ovulations in my mouth. Try insteadThe Vegg - great new product for crueltyfree substitution or curiosity or taste. Or scramble tofu or besam/gram flour omelettes. I should do some more recipes really, they're so easy. Or just use avocado or hummus in sandwiches. chickpeas in rice. Olives for healthy fats.
The Reality of Hen Eggs - Industry
There are meateaters that don't eat eggs, but vegetarians tend to be more likely to be animal-lovers / ethical I'd say. Every reason you'd go vegetarian are the same reasons for boycotting all animal products. The egg industry is not cruelty-free.
'This is a male baby chick, in his last moment on earth. Below him is a giant grinder into which he will fall alive because he hatched male, and is therefore useless to the egg industry. His fate is shared by 200 million innocent baby male chicks every year.' I hope this little baby goes VIRAL, so people know what they are buying, and his death is not in vain. Video of this practice in UK and USA (they also use gas chambers): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJ--faib7to . Also photos of chicks left in skips or bin bags.
'Voici un poussin mâle, vivant son dernier instant sur Terre. Au-dessous de lui se trouve un énorme broyeur dans lequel il tombera vivant, pour la seule raison d'être né "mâle", ce que le rend alors "inutile" d'après l'industrie produisant des oeufs. Son sort est partagé par plus de 200 millions de poussins mâle chaque année. Il n'a vécu qu'un court instant, mais durant cet instant il n'était pas un déchet. Il était quelqu'un, un être vivant conscient et sensible. Les dernières secondes d'une vie qui s'éteind ...' Animaux Militante.
"Broilers - 30 billion (killed at 6-12 weeks old after short miserable lives confined in semi-darkness and squalor. Lame, infected and in constant pain through genetic manipulation of their size.) Egg-layers - 5 billion (killed before they are a year old after suffering confinement, constant pain, abuse, illness, starvation and injury.) Breeders - several millions (males and females who breed the broilers and egg-layers - 60 million killed yearly in the US alone.) Male chicks - 35 billion (killed soon after hatching by live-grinding, suffocation or gassing because most males are surplus to requirements.)"
From Evolve Campaigns 2009 (the figures are even greater now).
It is estimated that '60% of the world’s eggs [in 2010] were produced in industrial systems, mostly using battery cages, including over two thirds in the EU. In the UK, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) indicate that 50% of eggs produced in the UK throughout 2010 were from cages.2'
United States - 95% come from hens confined for nearly their entire lives to barren battery cages 'so small they are unable to fully stretch their wings, walk, run, perch, dust bathe, roost, or engage in most other natural behaviors' (Mercy For Animals McDonalds Petition).
18 May 2012, Tasmania, Australia's first state to outlaw battery eggs, one of the cruelest industries. Beautiful, maternal loving beings. Someone to exploit or someone to respect? Health - Eggs and Disease Egg consumption increases prostate, breast and ovarian cancers (Harvard, Sept 2011). Men who consume more than two and a half eggs on a weekly basis were up to 81 per cent more likely to be killed by the disease. Prevent Cancer (Research Journal): Men who consumed 2.5 or more eggs per week had an 81% increased risk of lethal prostate cancer compared to men who consumed less than 0.5 eggs per week (HR: 1.81; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.13, 2.89; p-trend: 0.01). British Heart Foundation recommended eating no more than 3 a week due to the increased risk of heart disease and stroke. FAT: Diabetes - Women who consumed the most eggs (greater than or equal to seven per week) had a 77 percent increased risk of diabetes in the Omega study and a 165 percent increased risk in the Alpha study, compared with those who consumed the least (American Journal of Epidemiology, 2011). An estimated 25.8 million children and adults in America have diabetes, according to new figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2008, the figure was 23.6 million. About one in four is unaware of the condition. An additional 79 million now have prediabetes, 22 million more than estimated in 2008. (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011)
Cholesterol - the human body produces it, there is no cholesterol in ANY vegan food. Eating cholesterol raises blood cholesterol
One Chicken egg has cholesterol of 201mg and 1.6gms saturated fat (55 gm egg).
One Duck egg has cholesterol of 621mg and 2.6gms saturated fat (70 gm egg)
One Quail egg has cholesterol of 76mg and 0.3gms saturated fat (9 gm egg) One Turkey egg has cholesterol of 747mg and 2.9gms saturated fat (80 gm egg)
One Goose egg has cholesterol of 1226mg and 5.3gms saturated fat (145 gm egg). Unhealthy
'April 2008 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that men who ate seven or more eggs per week were 23 percent more likely to die of any cause (the risk was even higher among diabetics) than men who ate fewer eggs. The data comes from the Physicians Health Study I, which has been following 21,300 male doctors for 20 years, starting when the men were about 54 years old. Each year, participants are asked to report on their consumption of alcohol, vegetables, breakfast cereals, and eggs as well as on their physical activity, and whether or not they smoke.'
Make cakes the kind way with 1 tablespoon milled flaxseed and a touch of water, refridgerate for more of a gel. Healthy omegas!
World Hunger - .We are consuming 50% more natural resources globally than our planet can sustainably produce. Water used for livestock production is projected to increase 50% by 2025. Producing 1kg of beef requires 70 times as much land as 1kg of vegetables. And over 40% of the world’s grain harvest or 70-97% of richer countries grain, the harvest is fed to livestock. 6kg of plant protein is required to produce just 1kg of meat protein.' 9 May 2012 WWF Living Report pdf
United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) international panel of sustainable resource management stated: "As the global population surges towards a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050, western tastes for diets rich in meat and dairy products are unsustainable. A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change."
Two out of every three persons on the globe may be living in water-stressed conditions by the year 2025, if present global consumptionpatterns continue.' (World Health Organisation)
AELLA.org 'It requires some 2,500 gallons(9,463.5 liters) of freshwater to produce just one pound (454 grams) of beef [634 gallons of water to produce one hamburger] and the average United States citizen consumes 250 to 300 pounds of meat each year. It takes about 300 gallons of water per day to produce food for a vegan, and more than 4,000 gallons of water per day to produce food for an animal-eater.
'From 1971 to 2010,worldwide production of meat tripled to around 600 billion pounds while global population grew by just 81 percent (US Census Bureau, International Data Base). At this rate, production will double by 2050 to approximately 1.2 trillion pounds of meat per year, requiring more water, land, fuel, pesticides and fertilizer and causing significant damage to the planet and global health' (EWG)
Animal agriculture contributes to more greenhouse emissions, deforestation and pollution than all transport combined. It uses more resources (water, crops, land) than any any industry. These figures are increasing with demand. World Health Organisation lists Climate Change as one of thePriority Health Risks. Climate Change, 'including more extreme weather events, changed patterns of disease and effects on agricultural production', is estimated to cause over 150 000 deaths annually (WHO) The 'FAO estimates that animal agriculture generates nearly a fifth (18%) of the world’s greenhouse gases –more than all transportation combined'.
Greenhouse gases have risen to their highest level since modern humans evolved, (CSIRO al in 800,000 years.
Deforestation affecting Biodiversity:
Current rate of species extinction due to destruction of tropical rainforests for meat grazing and other uses:1,000 per year ("Diet For A New America" by John Robbins). Or 150-200 species per day. (2010)
'Plant and animal species also fall to extinction every single day, mainly because of deforestation, 80% of which, is caused by human employed animal agriculture, not global civil development(8% of all planetary deforestation). AELLA.org
Considering that we have identified only half of the species of life on Earth, this tells us that significantly more are surely succumbing to extinction, daily.' (AELLA.org). Plus the figure is rising.
'More than one third of the world's 825 "ecoregions" identified by conservation group WWF are threatened by livestock. US group Conservation International: 23 out of 40-odd global "biodiversity hotspots" – the places considered most valuable for life – are now seriously affected by livestock production.' (Greenpeace).