Someone asked me the other day where all the animals have gone? He was referring to a farm in Northern Connecticut where his father lives. On a recent trip up there, he happened to notice that where there used to be chickens and cows, there was now barren land, except for what looked like long, windowless, concrete barracks.
Turns out that the local farm had been put out of business by a factory farming organization that produces eggs.
So where are the chickens?
They’re there. Millions of them. All housed in battery cages in windowless barracks where they cannot move a wing. They never see the sunlight or breathe fresh air. There is no air conditioning in the summer. They are only widgets in a production process where efficiencies reign supreme to attain the highest profit.
In 2010 half a billion eggs were recalled due to Salmonella outbreaks. Despite the blatant health risk, the chairman of the United Egg Producers insisted that “completely cooked eggs are completely safe.” Wait a minute. Did the world “completely” seem superfluous to you? It should have.
After landing up in the Toronto General Disease Ward after a trip to South America, I know from personal experience that you can contract Salmonella from cooked eggs. So what did he mean by “completely?”
Dr. Michael Greger reports that the egg industry funded research on Salmonella and found that scrambled, eggs over easy and sunny side up cooking methods do not eradicate the Salmonella germs. Salmonella can even survive in eggs boiled up to eight minutes. It seems that “completely cooked” is some concoction yet to be explained.
Salmonella is on the rise. Is it any wonder? When chickens are stuffed into crammed cages for their whole lives, unable to move, where does their fecal matter go? Nowhere. It is all around them, and easily gets transferred to their eggs.
It is clear that if you want to stay healthy, don’t eat eggs. There are plenty of ways to get protein that don’t involve animal cruelty or poisoning yourself. Here are 10 sources: sprouted-grain bread, tempeh, lentils, beans, quinoa, tofu, veggies, hemp, nut butter and non-dairy milk, for starters.
We have all been brainwashed to believe that we need eggs for protein. It is simply not true. You can be healthier and kinder to the chickens, the planet and yourself if you choose alternatives.