LONDON — World Egg Day is celebrated every year on the second Friday in October — this year on Oct. 9, 2015.
The first World Egg Day was celebrated in 1996 and since then there have been a variety of events taking place internationally, with people enjoying and celebrating the wonderful versatility of the egg, states the International Egg Commission.
The commission notes that there is much to celebrate, especially the potential that eggs have to feed the world.
Eggs have a vital role to play in feeding people around the world, in both developed and developing countries. They are an excellent, affordable source of high quality protein, with the potential to feed the world.
Eggs are making a difference in feeding the hungry and saving the world
The egg industry is committed to making sure that people throughout the world have access to a sustainable, good quality food supply. While various organizations talk about their Corporate Social Responsibility; “the egg industry is different — we don’t just talk about it, we do something about it,” the IEC says.
How can we feed 9 billion people with limited world resources?
During the next 40 years, the word population is expected to increase by another 3 billion people. It is estimated that already, 1 billion people are currently underfed and undernourished. Globally we have limited resources, yet we need to produce more food.
Research shows that egg production has a much lower carbon footprint than beef or pork production. Laying hens have low greenhouse gas emissions due mainly to their high feed efficiency. Eggs offer a socially responsible solution to the dilemma of how to feed 9 billion people using our planet’s finite resources.
Making high quality food available to the hungry throughout the world is a priority for egg businesses. As well as donating eggs, the industry also works with developing countries helping to establish sustainable egg supplies for communities.
Some of the community and environmental projects that egg businesses have been involved with since 2009 are:
Setting up schools in Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Egg donations to schools, orphanages and hospitals around the world, including: India, Mexico, Columbia, Barbados, Thailand, Italy, Finland and the Czech Republic.
The creation of an environmental building in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, which works to neutralize the CO2 emissions of employees’ cars.
Donating more than 3 million eggs to help the people of Haiti following the Haiti earthquake.
A forest improvement project in Japan.
Establishing an egg production facility in Mozambique to provide a profitable, sustainable food supply for the region.
Funding for Hawke’s Bay Community Trust in New Zealand, which promotes biodynamic and organic production.
Over 50 million eggs are donated every year to charities, hunger relief programs and food banks throughout the world.
Supporting the set up football schools to benefit children in Sierra Leone.
Egg fascinating facts
- Eggs contain the highest quality protein you can buy.
- To tell if an egg is raw or hard-cooked, spin it! If the egg spins easily, it is hard-cooked but if it wobbles, it is raw.
- Egg yolks are one of the few foods that are a naturally good source of Vitamin D.
- If an egg is accidentally dropped on the floor, sprinkle it heavily with salt for easy clean up.
- Yolk color depends on the diet of the hen.
- Eggs age more in one day at room temperature than in one week in the refrigerator.
- A large egg contains only 70 calories and 5 grams of fat.
- Egg protein has just the right mix of essential amino acids needed by humans to build tissues. It is second only to mother’s milk for human nutrition.
- An average hen lays 300 to 325 eggs a year.
- To produce one egg, it takes a hen 24-26 hours.
- As a hen grows older she produces larger eggs.
- The fastest omelet maker in the world made 427 two-egg omelets in 30 minutes. American Egg Board’s Howard Helmer, is the Omelet King; he holds three Guinness World Records for omelete making.