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Morrisons has become the first supermarket to launch its own range of carbon neutral eggs as part of its commitment to be sourced directly from ‘zero emissions’ UK farms by 2030, five years ahead of the rest of the egg industry. supermarkets.

In stores now, Morrisons’ new carbon-neutral ‘Earth Friendly Eggs’ come from Morrisons farms where the hens are fed a soy-free diet of insects – which are in turn fed food waste from its bakery , from its fruit and vegetable sites.

This pioneering “circular waste” feeding system, powered by Better original technologyreduces deforestation caused by the production of soy and cancels the carbon emissions emitted during the transport of this soy.

The egg farm where the first planet-friendly egg stock will come from also has a large wind turbine, 50 kWh solar panels and a carbon sequestration program to offset the farm’s remaining emissions. – with 20% of its land planted with trees.

Morrisons says it has worked with its farmers to create net-zero carbon farm “models” that aim to neutralize emissions throughout the lifecycle and footprint of the farm. Planet Friendly eggs are the first product to emerge from these models, followed by beef, lamb and sustainable fruits and vegetables.

A Cambridge University report has confirmed the carbon neutral status of Morrison’s new Planet Friendly eggs, after analyzing all carbon emissions in egg production and those offset on the first neutral egg farm in carbon from Morrison. The report examines holistic egg production, including the Better Origin X1 insect culture unit and food waste transportation, locally grown grain sourcing, and hen housing and care.

The product is also set to be the first to feature the green British Lion Egg stamp on its eggs to indicate less environmental impact for customers.

Morrisons Planet Friendly eggs cost 30p each or £1.50 for a pack of six. They are initially available in 50 stores across Yorkshire and Morrisons’ new low-impact store in Little Clacton, with a national roll-out planned for 2023.

Sophie Throup, Agriculture Manager at Morrisons, said: “This is our first carbon neutral product and there will be many more to come. It’s all part of our drive to be directly sourced only from UK ‘zero emissions’ farms by 2030. We know our customers consider the environmental impact of the food they eat and want zero emissions products affordable. 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 making it onto our shelves.

Ian Bamford, commercial director of the Center for Industrial Sustainability at the University of Cambridge, said: “We were very pleased to have the opportunity to review and analyze the approach taken by Morrisons to calculate the carbon impact of several of their egg producers. It was clear that the mitigation measures put in place by the first farm to produce carbon neutral eggs allowed them to achieve this goal. »

Mark Williams, chief executive of the British Egg Industry Council, said: “It’s great to see that Morrisons has launched carbon neutral British lion egg packaging under its own brand, a first for a UK retailer. Eggs generally have a significantly lower environmental impact than other animal proteins and are a highly nutritious, natural and tasty choice for the whole family. We look forward to seeing more Green Lions in the near future. »

A “mini-farm” of insects has been introduced in the egg farm to feed the hens. The “mini farm” container, in which millions of insects are kept, was developed and powered by Better Origin. Each container can help feed 32,000 free-range hens and receives three tonnes of waste from the Morrisons fruit and vegetable site each week. Insects can reach 5,000 times their initial body mass in less than 14 days.

Fotis Fotiadis, CEO and Founder of Better Origin, said: “We are delighted to see Morrisons introduce a carbon neutral product to the public, powered by our technology. The current food supply chain is not sustainable in the long term and while certainly efficient, it comes at a cost to Our ambition at Better Origin is to change that by creating a more sustainable circular food chain, so to finally see Morrisons’ first carbon neutral product hit the shelves is a testament to the incredible work of the Morrisons team involved.

(Main image: Morrisons)