Eggs Around The World

Egg production worldwide has more than quadrupled in the past 50 years

Homer Simpson egg image is one of the latest colorful creations of photographer Dan Cretu, who has mastered playing with food.

Statistics About Eggs Around the World

Eggs have gotten some bad press over the last few decades, but today they’re more popular around the world than ever. The infographic below shows some interesting statistics. The numbers on global egg production came from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. As you can see, egg production worldwide has more than quadrupled in the past 50 years.

And we all know why eggs are so popular. They’re healthy and nutritious, and they’re one of the most versatile ingredients you could wish for. If you have fresh eggs on hand, you have a good start on a healthy home-cooked meal – whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Fried, scrambled, or used in a quiche, omelet, souffle, or frittata – eggs are always useful.

Take a look and see if there’s anything here you didn’t know.

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Hopefully most of us have access to fresh, local, organically grown eggs through our own flocks, our neighbors’ flocks, or through a relationship with a local farmer. But if not, the explanation about labeling above may be of some help.

While the labels “Cage Free, Free Range, and Free Roaming” are enticing – they probably don’t mean what you think they mean. See:Unscrambling The Labels On Your Egg Carton

If you do have access to fresh local eggs, check out this article from Joe Urbach about several different methods to put up fresh eggs:

5 Easy Ways to Preserve Your Fresh Eggs.

And the nutrition information in this graphic might be useful for general planning purposes. If you want more detailed information about egg nutrition, or if you’re concerned about cholesterol, read this article: The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg; and Why You Should Eat Them.

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Thanks to Fix.com for the infographic. You can see the original posting here: Eggsposing Eggs.

There’s a lot to like about eggs.There are as many reasons as recipies. For consumers, part of the value proposition comes from a transparent supply chain. Those consumers understand the collective impact clean food and local agriculture has on public health, health services, education, opportunity and equity.

Scientists Discover How Prostate Gland Develops

Scientists Discover How Prostate Gland Develops

The team behind the investigation, which was funded by the charity Yorkshire Cancer Research with further support from the EU FP7 Marie Curie ITN PRO-NEST project, says the findings could open the door to the development of new therapies for the treatment of prostate cancer. for the first time, SCIENTISTS at the University of York have discovered how the prostate gland develops according to research published today (Thursday, February 6) in Stem Cell Reports.

The Signal Pathway

Professor Norman Maitland, Director of the YCR Cancer Research Unit at the University’s Department of Biology, and colleagues have successfully outlined the underlying mechanism behind the development of the gland after studying human prostate tissue.

Vitamin A and Retinoic Acid

During the study, Dr Jayant Rane and Dr Alastair Droop discovered a ‘signalling pathway’ – a set of signals which tell proteins inside stem cells how to evolve into prostate tissue cells called basal cells and luminal cells. They found that there are 80 genes involved in this process, and the main signals responsible for the activation and regulation of this system are retinoic acid – a chemical made from vitamin A which is supplied in our diet by carrots, green vegetables and liver – and male sex hormones.

The balance of retinoic acid and male sex hormones involved in the process is highly regulated in a normal prostate gland.

The balance of retinoic acid and male sex hormones involved in the process is highly regulated in a normal prostate gland. This balance is disrupted in prostate cancer, where the level of male sex hormones is increased. This can lead to a tumour that consists mostly of luminal-like cells, with less than one stem cell in every thousand luminal cells.

Professor Maitland said: “The prostate gland is lined with specialized cells which make up the epithelium. Diseases that affect this lining are common in the prostate, but until now, very little has been known about the mechanisms which regulate prostate tissue.

“The 80 genes and the signalling mechanisms described by the team all provide potential targets for new therapies, which could be used to combat common prostate diseases, including prostate cancer. Further, comparative analysis across more than 20,000 patient samples has also shown that similar mechanisms may be used in a wide variety of human tissues.”

Professor Maitland and his team are the first to identify the role of retinoic acid in the development of prostate cells. Last year, they discovered that treatments affecting the chemical’s responses also have the potential to stop the spread of cancer.

The team at the YCR Cancer Research Unit achieved international recognition in 2005 when they became the first to identify prostate cancer stem cells, which are believed to be the ‘root cause’ of prostate cancer. Now supported by a £2.15m award from Yorkshire Cancer Research, they have since been exploring the exact molecular properties that allow these cells to spread, survive and resist aggressive treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy.

 

An Engineer Explains Why It’s Always Best To Order The Larger Pizza

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Why Always Order The Biggest Pizza?

Alan Henry from LifeHacker has added one more reason to make pizza part of your food strategy. He did the math. Or rather Quoctrung Bui over at NPR’s Planet Money blog, did the math.

The story starts with two engineers walking into a pizza place for lunch. Questions were asked, and well, things got a little out of hand.

Quoctrung researched 74,476 prices from 3,678 pizza places around the country. He created a cool graph. To see how the price of pizzas changes with size — and how much more pizza you get when you get a large — drag the slider at the bottom the graph.

→  Read full article

Clean Label Segments

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The abundance of package claims and ingredient complexities across the FMCG landscape puts a burden on consumers.

 

Not only do they need to decipher and decode, they also need to determine which claims are most relevant to their needs.

 

For many, the approach is simple: Buy from companies that are more transparent and clear in their claims and labels.

The bottom line is that transparency and clean label are not point-in-time fads.

Transparency Is Winning In The U.S. Retail Market

It looks like big food and big ag has gotten so big and so complicated, that consumers are having a hard time figuring out if their purchasing criteria are a match for their values.

Consumers are paying more attention to what they buy—and that goes for foods, beverages and non-food categories like personal care, vitamins and supplements.

They’re paying so much attention that our entire processed food system  is under consumer review. Local food, farm to fork, sustainable practices and social equity are all becoming part of the buying process for American consumers.

The Rise Of Clean Label & Sustainable Products

The natural products industry has long been in the lead when it comes to developing clean labels and good manufacturing processes. That’s because their customers always expected as much.

The mainstream packaged goods companies have been quite late to this opportunity. Their approach has been to green wash their products, announce a reformulation, sell themselves to a larger conglomerate or acquire a natural product company.

Despite the growing use of the term “clean” to describe products across the fast moving consumer goods space, there is no universally accepted definition for what constitutes a clean product. Just like “natural”.

However, in order to provide some analytical rigor to this term and to understand how sales have shifted toward cleaner products, our friends at Nielsen and Label Insight have created a progressive definition of clean label, shown in the chart at left.  Thanks a bunch guys. You can’t tell the players without a scorecard.

Looks Like We’re Not In Kansas Anymore, Toto

We live in a world with unending information. Given the state of information flooding the world we now live in, success for packaged goods manufacturers will depend on clear communication with consumers and a focus on what matters to them.

The number one thing above all others is not to have those products harm the planet or injure the consumer. That’s a very tall order and it’s causing all the disruption we’re seeing in the food space.

Clean label is a spectrum, and companies need to know where the shifts are happening. The bottom line is that transparency and clean label are not point-in-time fads.

They have gone mainstream and competition for consumers seeking clarity, purity and responsibility is only going to increase. The cleaner the better. From a consumer-centric view, that’s what playing the “Is It Healthy?” game looks like.

Unscrambling The Labels On Your Egg Carton

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Do You Know What The Label On Your Eggs Really Means?

What kind of eggs do you want? Brown eggs, cage-free eggs, free-range eggs, natural eggs? When you go to the store, you’re assaulted by more than a half dozen choices.

Some of those terms aren’t even regulated. So how do you know what eggs are best for you? Do you think cage-free is the way to go?

Brown Eggs

If you’ve ever gotten fresh eggs directly from a farm, you probably know that color really doesn’t mean anything. When I get eggs direct from a farmer, I get a dozen different colors. Some chickens even lay blue eggs. An egg’s color has absolutely nothing to do with nutritional value, so don’t worry about picking brown eggs.

Vegetarian Eggs

The chickens that make these eggs are force-fed a plant-based diet. So if you’re looking for humanely-treated eggs from chickens that got to choose what they eat, leave these in the refrigerator section.

Natural

This term is yet to be regulated by the FDA. As of right now, it’s simply a marketing term that can be used as long as it’s relatively true. All eggs can be considered natural because they all come from chickens and aren’t manufactured. So don’t let this term trick you into paying a premium price.

Cage-Free

It’s sad, but these chickens aren’t much better off than their caged counterparts. They often live in multi-level aviaries. As you’d think, they don’t have to have access to the outdoors to be able to use this on the label. These chickens are not running freely around a yard eating whatever they want.

Free-Range

Surely these chickens can run around and eat whatever they want though… Well, that’s not entirely inaccurate. To qualify for free-range, the chickens simply have to have access to the outdoors. They don’t actually have to go outside their cages. A chicken is going to do what it wants to do. Unfortunately, many of them will stay in their cage and not go outside.

Organic

It’s best to assume people are trying to trick you at this point. And they are. To qualify for organic, the hens just have to be fed an organic diet. So at least you’ll get better nutrition than a regular egg. Bit unless there’s something else on the label that denotes otherwise, these chickens are probably still living in a cage.

Pasture-Raised

Finally, these are the eggs you’re looking for. It’s going to cost you a lot more though. But, these chickens are raised more humanely than their counterparts, they get plenty of access to the outdoors, and they can eat the bugs and seeds and whatever else they find in the yard. Unfortunately, this term is not yet regulated by the FDA either. So you’d be wise to call the farmer or stop by for a visit.

Your Best Option

Buy Directly from a Farmer

There are plenty of farmers that raise chickens and sell eggs. By buying directly from a farmer, not only are you supporting your local economy, but you’ll also be able to see the hens that are laying the eggs. You’ll know exactly what you’re getting. Of course, it’s going to cost about $5 a dozen. But if the farmer is providing you with eggs from hens that get to roam around the yard, these eggs are going to be a lot more nutritious than the other eggs that are available in your grocery store (excluding pasture-raised because they’re probably on the same level).

Which Eggs Should You Buy?

If you have access to local fresh eggs, $5 a dozen is a lot to ask for something you can pay just over $1 for. If you can’t afford $5 a dozen, then make your selection based on what you can afford and the guide above.

 

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