Archive for the ‘All things egg’ Category

Why jail birds but not jail eggs?

Hatched: Friday, April 30th, 2010

You have to hand it to the Sandusky County sheriff.  Sensitive to his county’s budget concerns and ongoing budget cuts, the sheriff has put prisoners to work, cultivating their own food and saving taxpayers’ money in the process.  It started with an inmate vegetable garden. Now chickens are being added to the jail yard – and eventually the menu. But when asked if prisoners will be gathering eggs in the near future, the answer was anything but sunny side up.

According to the article, the word was the USDA won’t allow egg farming in the jail yard because of concerns about salmonella poisoning. Far be it for us to be uncompassionate about the health concerns of the incarcerated, but how might this differ from, say, any small-time operator selling eggs by the side of the road or at local farmer’s markets?

 In light of the locally raised food issue that is all the rage, does it really get any more local than this? Fact is, the prison yard spinach could be tainted with E. coli, right? As with any food product, just follow the precautionary steps for cleaning, preparation and consumption.

Let the sheriff keep the cuts coming and the prisoners engaged in productive rehabilitation…and let ’em raise their own eggs.

In Praise of Cages…

Hatched: Monday, April 5th, 2010

Last April, Dennis Avery provided the public with his firsthand account of being a free-range chickeneer with less than feel-good results.  His commentary “In Praise of Cages for Egg-laying Hens” still resonates today, especially as the anti-cage crusade continues to rage on across the country. But take note of the subhead to his brief commentary: International efforts to ban chicken coops harms birds, farmers.

Effort to ban chicken coops harms birds? WTC?!  One should question why those who appear to be feverishly concerned about animal welfare aren’t quick to point out this fact.  As you’ll read, this is far more than one man’s experience.  

It’s a quick read –  and it’s one that should make you stop and think every time you hear a so-called “compassionate plea” by those radically opposed to modern egg farming.

And if you’re not yet familiar with “A Feathered Fiasco” — check it out (here on this page — or in our video archive). You’ll find Avery’s story and the Cluck Nation feature have quite a bit in common.

Warning to other states: don’t get “Propped 2.”

Perhaps that’s the message that will soon be coming out of the Golden State. Thanks to Proposition 2, which passed quite handily in 2008, California may soon be waving goodbye to jobs, state revenue and the sweet smell of economic development…as Nevada, Idaho and Georgia welcome egg farmers with open borders.

Last week, this Wall Street Journal article chronicled the latest developments of what over-regulation of the state’s farms could spell for California now that egg farmers are no longer welcome (at least under their current production methods) and are being wooed out of state to conduct business. Never mind that opponents of Proposition 2 warned of the potential damage to the state’s bottom line if the measure passed, but naysayers doubted it would actually happen. A resounding “We told you so…” sounds apropos right about now.

Some animal rights groups with radical agendas continue to push their way across the country advocating for similar farm animal housing restrictions. In response, perhaps now state leaders will seriously weigh the economic impact before making hasty decisions on farm policies based on emotional “feel-goods” instead of sound, proven science.

Rest assured the economic disaster that could ensue won’t feel good at all.

It’s World Egg Day. Now go celebrate.

Hatched: Friday, October 9th, 2009

Move over pumpkins, gourds and fall color, harvest season in October is really all about eggs — all around the world. 

The International Egg Commission has declared the second Friday of October as World Egg Day. We can get behind that idea and, no surprise here, we’re doing our part to spread the scrambled and poached love.

Need a dozen reasons to celebrate World Egg Day? We thought so. Check out their site and kick your festivities into high gear today.

Trust us, it’s better to have eggs in your belly instead of egg on your face.