Kipster, a Dutch egg farm, has developed a new method to produce carbon-neutral eggs that reduces the carbon footprint of egg production. Instead of the traditional methods of feeding chickens, which see them given human-grade corn, Kipster feeds them upcycled food such as oat hulls and rejected pasta products. The food surpluses or byproduct waste come from bakeries and manufacturers, and at least 85% of the chicken feed is made up of these. This significantly reduces the amount of corn and soy traditionally grown specifically for feeding chicken, and means that food is available for human consumption without impacting chicken supply. The farm collects waste items like broken biscuits and rice cakes from local bakeries, along with other edible items that are set to be thrown away, and turns it into feed for the chickens. This farm model is now coming to the U.S., starting with availability in Michigan and the Cincinnati area, with Kipster Eggs being co-branded with Kroger’s label as Simple Truth + Kipster. The company plans to expand to other regions within the first half of the year through food giant Kroger and MPS Egg Farms, making carbon-neutral eggs accessible to more consumers across the country.
The carbon-neutral egg has been made possible by reducing carbon-producing activities as much as possible, then offsetting any additional carbon footprint, thus earning Certified Carbon Neutral status. The farm relies heavily on renewable energy to run the farm, with 1,078 solar panels that provide more than enough energy for the farm itself, with any overage being sold back to the grid. Kipster also provides for roosters, as a standard practice, male chickens are euthanized after birth since they can’t produce eggs. Rather than wasting the resource, Kipster ensures housing for the roosters until they are ready for butchering.
Kipster is showing the rest of the world how to produce environmentally-consciously produced eggs, and now these eggs will be available in the United States. The company plans to expand to other regions within the first half of the year through food giant Kroger and MPS Egg Farms. Kipster Eggs are co-branded with Kroger’s label as Simple Truth + Kipster. The Kipster system aligns with Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social and environmental impact plan and mission to advance positive changes for people and our planet.
The traditional method of feeding chickens with corn and soy is an inefficient way to feed humans. It requires a lot of land, water, and energy resources and accounts for 70% of the carbon footprint in eggs. Kipster is a great alternative for consumers who are looking for sustainable and environmentally friendly products. The company is dedicated to ethical treatment of animals, and in addition to efficient use of land, food and renewable resources, Kipster Farms are also equipped with free range areas that provide adequate shelter and open spaces for the chickens.
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The carbon-neutral egg produced by Kipster shows that sustainable and environmentally conscious egg production is possible. This is a great step forward in reducing the carbon footprint of egg production and making food more sustainable. Consumers looking for ethical and sustainable products can choose Kipster’s carbon-neutral eggs, which are available in the United States, and help create a more sustainable food system.