Wondering about the environmental impact of your food? When it comes to the eggs you eat, rest assured; Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) has a long-standing commitment to sustainable practices. They supply Coloradans with nature’s highest-quality, protein-dense food in a humane and environmentally friendly way.
“CEP is proud of the commitment that every one of our members has made to environmental programs and sustainable agriculture,” said Jerry Wilkins, president of CEP. “Our environmental practices and animal husbandry standards set an example for farms across the country.”
CEP member farms protect the environment in a number of unique ways. From waste and manure management to environmental stewardship programs, Colorado egg farmers continue to evolve their earth friendly practices.
Morning Fresh Farms sets a good recycling example by reusing the poultry’s manure for other essential farm tasks. The manure is removed twice a week from the barns and is immediately dehydrated or composted. A subsidiary, Organix Supply Company, uses the dried poultry manure as the primary ingredient in its extensive line of lawn and garden fertilizers and combines composted manure with wood shavings from Morning Fresh Farms’ pallet reclamation center to make soil amendments.
Another example of CEP’s environmental practices comes from Sparboe Farms. Sparboe Farms has developed its own environmental stewardship programs and implements them in each and every one of its farm properties nationwide. The programs are designed to address direct and specific needs at each location. Every aspect of Sparboe Farms egg farms – from the pullet barns, layer barns and processing buildings to the feed systems, heat and lighting – is designed to be “green” and environmentally conscious.
Sparboe Farms’ egg layer operations in Colorado boast the lowest carbon footprint among all other animal production operations in the state by using improved feed efficiency. The farm’s recycling program has been in place for many years. All paper products, plastics, cans, cardboard, twines and trash are separated by containers, picked up on a weekly basis by various recycling companies and recycled for future use. The farm also capitalizes on carbon dioxide mitigation strategies including forestation on the property.
Just as CEP members are environmentally conscious, so too are they dedicated to the well being of their chickens. The organization was the first state-wide association to develop and implement an Animal Care Doctrine. Each producer and member has signed this Doctrine and is committed to the best possible care of egg laying hens based on scientific principles and animal husbandry standards.
As a consumer, one of the most environmentally friendly things you can do is purchase food raised locally. Not only do you support the local economy, the food you buy is more fresh with less packaging and with a smaller “carbon footprint” – a term used to measure the impact an action makes on the environment.
In addition to protecting the environment and farm animals, Colorado egg farmers support the sustainability of communities with the Good Egg Project. The project is a nationwide initiative from America’s egg farmers that aims to educate people on where eggs come from and to help conquer hunger in the U.S. Anyone can participate in the Good Egg Project by taking a free pledge online.
“By participating in the Good Egg Project, we encourage our community to ‘Eat good. Do good every day,’” said Wilkins. “Simple steps like making smart food choices or protecting our environment help us strengthen our community. CEP is leading by example by donating to charities like Food Bank of the Rockies and educating children across the state with informational materials in the classroom.”
CEP is a membership organization representing seven farms throughout Colorado. It is committed to doing what’s right for its community, as illustrated by the regular donation of thousands of eggs to food banks throughout the state. Egg farmers throughout Colorado pride themselves on providing eggs to Coloradans. It is also proud to offer consumers the choice between cage, cage-free eggs, organic, nutrient enhanced, brown and white eggs. You can find locally produced, fresh, wholesome and safe eggs in the dairy case of your favorite Colorado supermarkets.
Every member of CEP is proud to take care of the environment, their hens and their community. To see video of how chickens are raised in both cage and cage-free environments or to find a list of where to buy Colorado eggs visit coloradoeggproducers.com. You can also and like us at www.facebook.com/coeggproducers for recipes, agriculture news and interesting egg facts.