2016 has been a big year here at Egg Farmers of Canada. We announced a 20-year transition away from conventional hen housing. We won an award for corporate and social responsibility. We were named one of the top employers in Ottawa. We shared these stories with you throughout the year—stories about farmers, about sustainability, about our economic impact and about our industry.
Looking back on the year, we wanted to flashback to our five most popular posts here on eggfarmers.ca. Each one tells part of the story about Canadian eggs and egg farmers.
1. 13,000 chickens, zero emissions: the quest for a green barn
Back in September, we introduced you to Darrel Mandel and Alberta’s Brant Hutterite Colony. They’ve taken a leap of faith with a bold and innovative experiment—building the first Canadian net zero egg barn that produces no net greenhouse gas emissions. For Darrel and the colony, it’s just another way to serve the community: “One of the things we love as farmers is that everyday we’re doing something for the public. If you and I sit down for a meal three times a day, it’s three times a day you need a farmer. That perspective challenges you to be better every day.”
2. Canada’s new infant feeding guidelines say infants can eat whole eggs at 6 months
In March, we told you more about new Canadian guidelines to help parents provide the best possible nutrition for healthy growth and development. The guidelines confirmed that infants can start eating whole eggs at the age of 6 months. It’s great news for moms and dads. Eggs offer incredible nutritional benefits—a healthy source of iron, protein, fat, Vitamins A, D, E and more.
3. The 6 lessons these food bloggers learned on an egg farm
We brought four food bloggers to a farm this summer so they could see up close the life of an egg farmer. It was an eye-opening experience for them. As one blogger put it, “I’ve never seen so many eggs in one place before!” Our bloggers discovered so much about hen housing, egg varieties and the journey of an egg from farm to table. You can read more about their egg farm adventure by clicking here.
4. HEN HOUSING: What we learned from Europe and America
Canadian egg farmers are transforming egg production with an industry-wide transition away from conventional housing. Earlier this year we shared with you lessons from our friends in Europe and America who are experiencing similar transitions. A key takeaway from the Europe and America experience is that transition of this magnitude demands balance.
5. Four unEggspected egg farms
When you imagine an egg farm, do you think of rolling fields and clear blue skies? That’s true in many places, but Canada has plenty of unexpected egg farms you would never imagine! We highlighted some of these egg farms—like the Wallington family, the only egg producers in the Northwest Territories… a place where local food can be hard to find.
We’ve told so many stories this year and we look forward to sharing even more next year. Egg farming is an incredible industry that touches our lives in unexpected ways. Here’s to an egg-filled 2017!