Eggs & The Environment
Alberta’s egg farmers are good stewards of the land they farm, who are committed to environmental protection and sustainable development.
Producer Environmental Egg Program
In February of 2014, Egg Farmers of Alberta launched the Canadian egg industry’s first environmental program. The Producer Environmental Egg Program (PEEP) is intended to help egg farmers better identify their impacts on the environment and facilitate the use of best practices. This will help to ensure that resources are being managed in a sustainable manner and that the Alberta egg industry continues to be recognized as a source of fresh, high-quality local food, which is produced in an environmentally responsible manner.
PEEP will provide information about impacts of on-farm activities and help to establish goals for improvement. The PEEP assessment is focused on key impact areas such as energy use, water consumption and manure management, which helps farmers identify and address environmental risks and opportunities, to improve their carbon footprint.
Portions of PEEP were derived from the Environmental Farm Plan (EFP), which is a more extensive program available to all agricultural producers across Alberta. EFA believes that the key to effective environmental management is through a systematic approach to planning, controlling, measuring and improving environmental performance. EFA plans to track industry-wide trends and significant changes in egg farming practices over time, to contribute to the long-term sustainability of Alberta’s egg industry.
Environmental Footprint of One Serving of Eggs
Egg Farmers of Alberta initiated the egg environmental footprint project in 2012, to better understand and quantify the environmental impact of egg production in Alberta, through Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). The first of its kind in Canada, the study involved collecting data from egg farmers covering the life cycle stages of an egg, from feed production to grading.
Learn more about the environmental and nutritional contribution of one serving of eggs, in an average daily diet – LCA infograph.