Reducing Our Environmental Footprint

Egg Production Statistics

U.S. egg production has significantly decreased its environmental footprint in the past 50 years, according to A Comparative Assessment of the Environmental Footprint of the U.S. Egg Industry in 1960 and 2010.

Researchers at the Egg Industry Center found that today’s hens are living longer due to better health, better nutrition and better living environments. These researchers studied U.S. egg production from 1960 to 2010 in a first-of-its-kind lifecycle analysis.

Despite producing more eggs in 2010, the total environmental footprint in 2010 was 54% - 63% lower than the environmental footprint in 1960.

Using 1960 technology to produce the 2010 egg supply would have required 78 million more hens, 1.3 million more acres of corn and 1.8 million more acres of soybeans.

Water Usage Graphic

In comparison to 1960 technology, today’s egg farmers are able to feed 72% more people.

To read or download a copy of the complete 28-page report on the Environmental Impact of Egg Production, click here.

To view or download the related infographic, click here.

To read the AEB press release, click here.