Morrisons has launched a line of “carbon-neutral eggs” from insect-fed hens raised on the company’s own food waste.
The supermarket chain says it is the first to launch such a line of eggs, the first to be sold as part of the company’s efforts to be supplied directly by UK zero-emissions farms in 2020.
The egg-laying hens were fed a soy-free diet, which included insects fed leftovers from Morrisons bakeries, fruit and veg, using a “mini-farm” container. insects by British startup Better Origin, installed on site.
The supermarket said insects were a natural part of the chicken ancestors’ diet and had no negative impact on the quality, shelf life or taste of the eggs.
Cutting out soybeans avoids emissions associated with clearing forests and other land for farming in places like Brazil, and traffic pollution from transporting animal feed.
The farm that had the first carbon-neutral egg supply also has a large wind turbine, solar panels and a residual emissions offset program on the farm, with one-fifth of the land planted with trees.
A report by the University of Cambridge, which looked at egg production, including insect rearing, food waste transportation, sourcing locally grown grain and hen house and care, has indicates that they are not carbon neutral.
Morrisons says the product is the first to feature the British Lion Egg’s green stamp to represent a lower environmental impact on customers.
The free eggs will initially be available at 50 stores in Yorkshire and Morrisons’ new lower environmental impact store in Little Clacton, Essex, with plans to roll out nationwide in 2023. They cost 30p. each fruit or £1.5 for a pack of 6.
The retailer expects sustainable beef, lamb, fruit and vegetables from net zero-carbon farms to follow.
Sophie Thgroup, head of agriculture at Morrisons, said: “This is our first carbon-neutral product and there will be many more. It’s part of our efforts to be just that. directly supplied by UK ‘zero emissions’ farms by 2030.
“We know our customers consider the environmental impact of the food they eat and want to produce zero emissions at an affordable price.
“Eggs are a regular weekly purchase for most households and so we are delighted that, after 18 months of hard work with our farmers, these eggs are finally here. also on shelves.”
Ian Bamford, commercial director of the Center for Industrial Sustainability at the University of Cambridge, said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to review and analyze the approach that Morrisons has taken to calculating carbon impact. of some of their egg producers.
“It’s clear that the mitigation actions taken by the first farm to produce carbon-neutral eggs have helped them achieve that goal.”