Elimination of caged egg hens Foreign countries rely on China to eat eggs?
Release Time:2018-03-20 Click：454
In recent days, New Zealand and France have once again launched the "cage breeding of laying hens" action. Five years later, these two countries may face the situation that there is no more caged chickens, and the days of eggs “sit down” may come.
In the context of foreigners eating expensive eggs and even panicking eggs, will the Chinese eggs have the opportunity to go abroad in large quantities?
These countries are determined to eliminate caged chickens
New Zealand: Supermarket wants to eliminate all cage chickens
The New Zealand Herald reported that FreshChoice and SuperValue, two supermarkets in New Zealand, announced recently that they would stop selling all caged eggs in 2025. This is consistent with the plan announced by Countdown last March.
In addition, New World and Pak’n Save, another two major supermarkets, had promised last year to phase out all caged eggs before the end of 2027.
“We will only put free-range eggs to New Zealand consumers in the near future,” said Kiri Hannifin, general manager of Countdown.
France: Nine Adults Advocate Exclusive Market for Free-range Chickens by 2022
"The eggs of caged hens are no longer sold on store shelves." This is a promise made by French President Mark Long when he was running for president in February 2017. At a meeting of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), which was dedicated to animal protection, he announced: "I hereby promise to ban the sale of eggs from cages before 2022."
A year later, the government continued this direction. According to a report by Xinming.net, French Minister of Agriculture Travey announced recently: “In 2022, all shelled eggs sold on the French market must come from open-air farms and no longer sell eggs from cages. This election promise will be observed. ."
French supermarket group MONOPRIX and some egg brands such as MARS and AMORA have already implemented this measure in advance. Other supermarkets also promised to no longer sell caged eggs until 2025.
According to a public opinion survey commissioned by the L214 Animal Protection Association, YouGov polled, 90% of French people believe that the cage breeding should be prohibited and open-air culture should be developed.
Put the chicken out, the chicken may be happy
After eating an egg, it may cost 10 times.
After cages are raised and rearranged, eggs may be “sit down”
In cage cultivation and free-range, the flavor and nutrient content of the eggs will not matter for the time being. For farmers, the production efficiency must be greatly reduced.
First and foremost is the issue of land.
According to previous estimates, from multi-layer cage culture to flat raising, the area occupied by each chicken breeding should be at least five times more. If it is free-range, you have to let the chickens "run" and it will occupy more land.
It is understood that France is the largest egg producer in Europe with an annual output of 14 billion. 70% of products are sold with shelled eggs and 30% are used for processing products.
At present, 68% of eggs in French egg industry still come from cages. Another 6% of the eggs came from so-called "ground" farms, where the hens had a slightly larger activity space but were still kept in darkness. Another 18% of eggs come from open-air farms, which means that hens can move outside in an area of 4 square meters. The other 7% of the eggs come from organic farms, which means that there are up to 6 hens per square meter of room. These hens can also go outdoors, just like open-air farms.
The National Association of the French Chicken Industry estimates that half of the eggs will come from stocking chickens in the next six years. For the chicken-breeding industry, an additional 500 million euros will be required to invest in the development of stocking chickens. Only 400 of the existing 2,100 chicken farms will be converted into stocked new chicken farms, and an additional 4000 will be needed. Hectares of land are used to build a stocking farm and provide chickens with more space for activities.
Due to the natural egg-laying rate of laying chickens in the natural environment is 270 per year, which is lower than 300 eggs per year in closed and light-irradiated environments, in order to solve this problem, France also needs to increase the purchase of 10 million hens each year in order to compensate The stock of chickens was insufficient for stocking and keeping the production level of approximately 15 billion eggs per year in France.
The wool is on the sheep and the days when the eggs “sit down” are just around the corner.
If more countries imitate France and New Zealand and raise all layers of chickens from cages to free-range, I am afraid that there will be even more "panic attacks."
Well, for most of the Chinese eggs that are currently caged, it is also a good opportunity to go abroad.
There are different opinions in the industry on the consideration of the issue of animal welfare in cage farming in foreign countries:
If it is not possible to guarantee a clean and safe environment, letting the chickens lay in the wild and eat lots of rubbish and sewage, this “animal welfare” may not be as good as eating and drinking in a cage.