Much has been made of the egg shortage in Australia this week, and some outlets have predicted current supply issues may continue for some time.
Consumers are increasingly unwilling to purchase cruelly obtained caged eggs, and concerns are also on the rise about conditions on so-called “free-range” farms, after new regulations were introduced that increase the number of hens who can be squeezed into a single hectare, from 1,500 to 10,000.
As farmers adapt to the change in regulations and the colder winter months slow hens’ egg production, supermarket shoppers are discovering empty shelves where once there were egg cartons.
— Rachel Kleinman (@rachelekleinman) June 7, 2016
Here’s the good news: we don’t need to eat eggs!
There are plenty of alternatives which pack a huge nutritional punch but spare chickens immense suffering.
Check out this handy infographic for a guide to replacing eggs in cooking:
You can also try experimenting with aquafaba, which can be used to make eggless meringues and a plethora of other treats.
Chickens used by the egg industry endure unimaginable cruelty. Crammed into sheds which are woefully inadequate in size and denied the opportunity to do anything that is natural and important to them, hens are then sent to be killed as soon as their egg production drops.
With only unenforceable Codes of Practice, not a single federal law protects chickens from abuse.
Because male chicks are unable to lay eggs and are not bred to produce the excessive flesh desired by the meat industry, the tiny birds are gassed to death with carbon dioxide or ground up alive immediately after hatching.
Skipping eggs is also good for your health. Research has shown that eating just a single egg per week may almost double your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Australia may be facing an egg shortage, but there’s no need for anyone to miss out on delicious, healthy food that doesn’t harm animals.