Before You Eat Another Egg, Read This

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Life as it should be.For every male chick that's killed, his mother gets to be chopped up for grocery stores, long after she stopped providing eggs.  Some of them are sick but they get sold anyway...to your local grocer for your consumption.Suffocated male chicks in a plastic bag.Male chicks are thrown into a dumpster if the grinder is busy, awaiting the heavy feet of workers who stomp on them to make room for the next heap.Male chicks hold no economic value, therefore, have no life value to the egg industry.Thousands of baby male chicks awaiting their final fate, most still alive, struggling to breathe.Closeup of male chicks on belt being led to their deaths by what the egg industry considers a "quick" and "painless" death....a grinder.This should be on every egg carton.
Life as it should be.
Life as it should be.
For every male chick that's killed, his mother gets to be chopped up for grocery stores, long after she stopped providing eggs.  Some of them are sick but they get sold anyway...to your local grocer for your consumption.
For every male chick that's killed, his mother gets to be chopped up for grocery stores, long after she stopped providing eggs. Some of them are sick but they get sold anyway...to your local grocer for your consumption.
Suffocated male chicks in a plastic bag.
Suffocated male chicks in a plastic bag.
Male chicks are thrown into a dumpster if the grinder is busy, awaiting the heavy feet of workers who stomp on them to make room for the next heap.
Male chicks are thrown into a dumpster if the grinder is busy, awaiting the heavy feet of workers who stomp on them to make room for the next heap.
Male chicks hold no economic value, therefore, have no life value to the egg industry.
Male chicks hold no economic value, therefore, have no life value to the egg industry.
Thousands of baby male chicks awaiting their final fate, most still alive, struggling to breathe.
Thousands of baby male chicks awaiting their final fate, most still alive, struggling to breathe.
Closeup of male chicks on belt being led to their deaths by what the egg industry considers a "quick" and "painless" death....a grinder.
Closeup of male chicks on belt being led to their deaths by what the egg industry considers a "quick" and "painless" death....a grinder.
This should be on every egg carton.
This should be on every egg carton.

The secret the egg industry does not want you to know

We have all read good and bad things about the egg. In 2009, the United States produced about 215.7 million cases (dozen) eggs. 124.6 cases went to retail grocery stores, 66.4 million cases went to manufacturers, 18.4 million cases went to food services, 6.4 million cases were exported (American Egg Board).

As of 2011, the top 5 egg producing states in the nation are Iowa at 14.467 million (cases) per year, Ohio at 7,607 million, Pennsylvania at 7,306 million, Indiana at 6,483 million and California at 5,287 million per year.

The Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) has been responsible for mandatory inspections of our eggs since 1970. It is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Because of animal protection groups and consumers who are becoming more vigilant in regards to their health, "specialty eggs" are now being introduced. Specialty eggs are organic, range-free, cage-free and Omega 3 eggs.

There are many health benefits and there are many down sides to eating eggs. Maybe it's the beautiful yellow color against that gorgeous red bacon strip we love. It may be just a visual but that's my theory.

I grew up on eggs, have made countless omelets during my lifetime, used them in my salads, stuffed them with all sorts of yummy things and accepted them into my daily consumption. But then I found something online that disturbed me in such a way, I made a drastic decision to completely alter the way I eat from now on. I decided to do a little research about the egg.

Before I share the secret that the egg industry does not want you to know, let's get acquainted with the egg. In keeping this as bias as possible, I have included all the good and bad points to the egg.

The important thing to keep in mind here is that every consumer deserves one thing from a food industry or grocer or advertising firm; The Truth. It's really that simple. I don't know any consumer that doesn't want to know what they are really eating unless they are just lazy or unconcerned with the health of their own bodies or that of their family.

It angers me when I am being kept in the dark about something that concerns my health and that of my family. It is sending the message that they don't care about me as a consumer or even a human being. I feel I am being ripped off and lied to solely for their profit gain and that bothers me because now they've made it personal.

We need to empower ourselves with education about where our food is coming from. No one is going to volunteer this information because if they were transparent, we would probably not want to buy into what they are selling.


The Pros:

1. The egg is a great source of Vitamin D.

2. It is good for Macular Degeneration because of its Lutein and Zeaxanthin.

3. One egg contains 6 grams of Protein and 9 essential amino acids.

4. One egg contains 300 micrograms of Choline, a nutrient that helps regulate the nervous system.

5. One egg has 5 grams of fat and only 1.5 of that is saturated.

6. The Sulphur or B12 in an egg is good for the growth of nails and hair.


The Cons:

1. The average egg contains 212 miligrams of Cholesterol.

2. One large egg contains 75 calories. Keep this in mind because it takes 3,500 calories to gain ONE pound.

3. Too much saturated fat increases your risk of heart disease.

4. Eggs that are not well cooked or runny have higher risk of Salmonella, which causes food poisoning. Eggs can be easily contaminated, so you have to really know where they are coming from before purchase.

5. The sterilization of commercial eggs, used for prevention of decay, has its own health risks to women, including fibroid tumors, fertility problems, menstrual irregularities, uterine cysts, and even impotence.

6. Keep in mind that corporate egg industries have genetically engineered chicken with injections for more egg production. These sterilized eggs are what you see in the grocery stores. You have to wonder what is in those injections because you and your family are consuming them.

Now for the ugly secret the egg industry is keeping from you.

Every single day in hatcheries across the United States, genetically altered male chicks are of no use to the egg industry because they can't be made into broilers due to health issues resulting in the alteration.

First, all male and female baby chicks are taken from their mothers when they are 1 to 2 days old. Then they are all placed on a conveyor belt in a factory, where assembly workers separate the males from the females. The male chicks are then either tossed into a shoot that leads to a grinder or left on the belt, which also leads to the grinder, where they are all macerated or ground alive. The grinder is similar to a meat grinder, only in industrial size.

If the grinder is busy or full, the chicks are either suffocated in plastic bags, gassed or just thrown into a huge dumpster bin, many still alive and chirping for their mothers, while workers stomp on them to make room for the next haul.

Each year the egg industry kills 200 million male chicks for no reason other than their lack of economic viability, which ironically was made possible through the industries own creation of these genetically altered chickens. Hergo, they were brought into this world for the sole purpose of dying 1 - 2 days later in the most horrific manner imaginable, which the egg industry calls "quick and painless".

For each egg you eat, one male baby chick was ground alive, stepped on or thrown out as waste; something everyone should know.

My solution: Put a stamp on every egg carton that states at least 1 male chick per every egg was ground up for this product. Let the consumer decide.

I forced myself to watch the video below and must admit I turned off the sound for about a second or two but felt as though I was cheating somehow, selling out to the integrity of this piece, so I turned it up and listened and sadly accepted the fact that this was all due to product demand. That was when I promised myself I will never eat another egg as long as I live and will do something with what I've learned.

If you can't stand living without eating eggs, there is a solution for you. Did you know that for as little as $10 you can adopt a chicken that will lay eggs for you? There are many farms out there who sell their farm animals, including chickens, which are cheap to keep and will lay about 250 eggs a year, so it's economically sound to own a few. Plus, you feed them, so your eggs will be as healthy as the feed you provide to your chickens.

Check your area for unincorporated/incorporated city codes before you do this to make sure it's legal where you live. Who knows, maybe you might even like the sound of a rooster waking you up at dawn instead and save a male chick.

It's supply and demand. I get it. But I also know there are so many alternatives that we can choose from that are not only better for the environment, better for the lives of other living creatures who have just as much a right to live as we do but also as a health benefit. Do your part to better the world you live in. It's always been up to you.

Here are some links to where you can adopt a chicken or any other farm animal. Email them and they will send you a list of farms in your area:

http://www.farmsanctuary.org/the-sanctuaries/home-adoption-and-placement/adoption-faqs/


http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/chickens/tips/adopting_chickens.html


http://www.rhibafarms.com/adopt-a-chicken




WARNING: This video is very disturbing and shows baby chicks being ground alive.

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Rosana Modugno profile image

Rosana Modugno 3 years ago from 10th Kingdom Author

Hey Glenn! I'm not in a position to care for a hen either, just wanted to put it out there. Truth is, if I don't eat another egg in my life, I wouldn't be missing anything. And thanks for circling me on Google Plus. :)


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

Thanks for the additional remarks Rosana. I actually did check out those links. But I am not in a position to take care of a hen. Doing so would require a commitment to maintaining her health and welfare. Yes, I do think of animals in the same way as people.

As for Facebook, I'm not on Facebook and I wrote a hub about that. But I did circle you on Google Plus when I first read your hub.


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Rosana Modugno 3 years ago from 10th Kingdom Author

Thank you Glenn! I am almost ashamed to admit I went so many years NOT knowing either. Right after I wrote about the fur industry, (see link at end of comment), I stumbled upon the egg issue and had to share.

Please look at the hub again, where I provided links and places you can find for alternatives to eating eggs and where you can go to buy eggs that do not harm male chicks. Hens are very cheap to maintain and for every 1 hen you own, you get 1 egg every day. You can't beat that, excuse the pun. I have many, many friends who own hens now.

It's always so so nice to hear I've reached someone this way. Thank you so much for your comment. Feel free to LIKE my Facebook page, where I post stories and more.

http://hubpages.com/animals/The-Faces-Behind-That-...


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

This disturbs me a lot! But I am glad you wrote about it, so that I know. I never had any idea that the egg industry is so cruel to living creatures. I can't imagine that there are people who are willing to work in that environment, and making the killing of innocent chicks a part of their daily routine.

Knowing this now, I have no problem discontinuing eating eggs. How can I now? Unless I find a local farm and confirm that they are not killing the male chicks.

It's good that you wrote about this. People need to know.


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Rosana Modugno 3 years ago from 10th Kingdom Author

Thank you for your comment. I appreciate it. I am not a Vegan but watch where my food comes from and can't remember the last time I ate red meat. Every day is a learning experience in educating ourselves into what goes into our bodies and it does take work to be healthy but isn't it worth it? I tell everyone to get used to reading labels, take the time to stop, read and learn. See what's going into your food, where it came from and understand how it affects your body chemistry and the world we live in. We share it with creatures who have their own right to live here. It's okay if you didn't watch the video. I'm sure your imagination saw it for you. :)


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vandynegl 3 years ago from Ohio Valley

Hi Rosana! I just found you here on hubpages and you seem to share similar views to me. I only buy from a local farmer for my families eggs. They are antibiotic free and fed non-GMO feed. They are allowed to graze freely outside. I am a vegetarian, and was even a vegan for about a year and a half. I do not do dairy at all though, but will occasionally have my farmers egg. I agree that raising your own is the best bet, but for people who cannot, finding a local farmer is the next best bet. I cannot bring myself to watch the film because I am not good with those kinds of things. I hope that meat-eaters and those who support the factory farms can will themselves to watch this.

Thanks for sharing!!


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Rosana Modugno 3 years ago from 10th Kingdom Author

Thank you for your comment. I totally agree, of course.


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bucker98 3 years ago

Sweet mother. But although I'm astounded by these facts you just showed us, I am nowhere near surprised. Industrialist are just so into stooping so low for money.. I like the idea of having your own chicken that will lay eggs for you though. Thanks for this hub. As carol said, it's an eye opener.


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Rosana Modugno 3 years ago from 10th Kingdom Author

I'm glad you enjoyed & shared. Thanks. Animals that are raised organically or in free-range farms are not given antibiotics or hormones, are not put in cramped cages, they're allowed to run free & treated more humanely but unfortunately, that is the only difference when it comes to the egg industry. It's a business like any other & since male chicks that are born to egg laying mothers, can't lay eggs, they are useless to the industry & are killed right after birth. Whether they use a grinder or not, doesn't matter. Their mothers start laying softer shelled eggs after 1 yr or 2, so they are killed at about 1 or 2 yrs of age. This is the egg industry. Where there is demand there will always be supply. Besides the solutions I wrote on the hub, Brittanie, the only alternative I see is to just to stop eating eggs, full stop. That means...no eggs period. Hope that helped.


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Brittanie2216 3 years ago from Seattle WA

Thank you for sharing these types of things are hard to hear and are dismissed so easily but need to be changed. Voted up and useful and shared. I will not be eating eggs any time soon. If you buy from an organic food store is it the same process? I would like to purchase eggs without hormones and preferably from a company that does not murder or abuse animals. Any suggestions?


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Rosana Modugno 3 years ago from 10th Kingdom Author

Thank you, Carol. I didn't know they did this and when I shared with my friends, none of them were aware either. That's why I felt it was important to put out there. I'm glad it opened your eyes. The only time our eyes should be closed is when we're sleeping.


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

this is any eye opener. I know it is valuable information..but nowI do feel different about eggs.

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