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For Colorado Egg Producers Every Day Is Earth Day

Thursday, April 1, 2010

WE ARE PROUD TO OFFER “GREEN” EGGS TO ALL COLORADANS

Earth Day is a great way to celebrate what Colorado egg farmers do on a daily basis – provide Coloradans with one of nature’s most perfect “green”, high-quality and protein-dense foods – the egg.

For the Colorado egg farmers who are a part of the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association, every day is Earth Day. CEP is a membership organization representing seven family farms throughout Colorado. CEP is committed to doing what’s right for the earth and the community, as illustrated by its dedication to sustainable agriculture and its regular donation of thousands of eggs to food banks throughout the state. No hormones or stimulants are ever used in commercial egg farming in Colorado or in the United States.

“As Colorado egg farmers, we are thankful everyday for the planet that supports our industry, our families and our communities,” said Jerry Wilkins of the Colorado Egg Producers Association. “As an association, we are proud of the commitment each of our member farms has made to environmental programs and sustainable agriculture. Our members’ environmental practices are truly national best practice models.”

“Like all CEP members, we are dedicated to sustainable agriculture. In fact, Morning Fresh Farms is considered one of the most environmentally conscious egg farms in America,” said Derek Yancey of Morning Fresh Farms. “We understand our responsibility to the environment and have a deep respect for the land on which we farm.”

One of the unique highlights of Morning Fresh Farms environmental programs is the manner in which the poultry waste is utilized. All the waste is removed twice a week from the barns and is immediately dehydrated or composted. A subsidiary, Organix Supply Company, uses the dried poultry waste as the primary ingredient in its extensive line of lawn and garden fertilizers and combines composted manure with wood shavings from Morning Fresh Farms’ pallet reclamation center to make soil amendments.

Another example of CEP’s environmental best practices comes from Sparboe Farms. Sparboe Farms has developed its own specific environmental stewardship programs and implements them in each and every one of its farm properties. The programs are designed to address direct and specific needs at each location. Every aspect of Sparboe Farms egg farms – from the pullet barns, layer barns and processing buildings to the feed systems, heat and lighting – is designed to be “green” and environmentally conscious.

CEP members are not only environmentally conscious, they are also dedicated to the well-being of their chickens.

“We care about how all of our chickens are treated. While no system is perfect, we ensure our chickens receive the best care possible within both the cage and cage-free systems,” explained Wilkins. “As an association, we were the first state to develop and implement an Animal Care Doctrine. Each of our producers and members have signed this Doctrine and are committed to the best possible care of chickens based on scientific principles and animal husbandry standards.”

In related recent news, the board of directors of McDonald’s has recommended that the company’s shareholders vote against a proposal to require that 5 percent of the eggs purchased for the chain’s restaurants in the United States be the cage-free variety. The McDonald’s board said that the science was not there to support a switch because there is no agreement in the global scientific community about how to balance the advantages and disadvantages of laying hen housing systems.

“CEP supports McDonald's decision and understands the important balance between hen housing options and the offer of consumer choice,” said Wilkins. “Because we understand the difficulty of this balance, we are proud to offer businesses and consumers the choice between cage, cage-free eggs, organic, nutrient enhanced, brown and white eggs.”

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