Friday, May 17, 2013

What's Really In Your Food Eggs?


New Zealanders eat 920,000,000 eggs per year. People love eggs and some have them different ways like poached, fried and scrambled. In a survey, fried eggs was the least favourite, then scrambled was second, and poached eggs was the favourite by far.

Caged hens only have a few centimetres of space and have to share cages. They don’t get out and stay in a cage for the rest of their life. Everything is run by computers and the first time an  egg will be touched is when just about to be purchased. Because as soon as the egg is laid they roll down and travel down to packaging. There is a wire to stop the hens from damaging them.
In the factory the lights and fans are left on for 16 hours a day.

Free range hens get to go outside whenever they want. There is no law for how long to leave them out and if they have to be shaded. So some chickens could just stay in their barn and lay eggs because of the sun. Free range eggs are expensive because the land is more expensive for them to be on, and there are less hens to produce eggs.

Hens who live in barns don’t get grass to eat and are not in cages. They have the ability to flap around and walk around the barn, but only have a little bit of space per chicken.  Like all hens these do get fed and go to a place to lay their eggs, which get rolled down for packaging.

Eggs have heaps of protein, the part of the egg with the most protein is the yolk. Eggs have B12 vitamin and at least 1 egg has 1/2 of B12 we need per day. Egg yolk colour is sometimes bright or dark some farmers feed them paprika to make it the right colour.

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