Hens will be fed insects to lay carbon-neutral eggs for Morrisons

Chickens’ diet cuts emissions linked to soya feed, while retailer’s food waste will fuel ‘bug farms’


Joe Middleton, The Guardian (UK)

1 Aug 2022


Morrisons will offer consumers the first “carbon-neutral” eggs to be produced by feeding hens insects raised on food waste from the company’s supermarkets.


Chickens laying the eggs will have a soya-free diet including insects fed on food scraps from the retailer’s bakery, fruit and vegetable sites.


Cutting out soya avoids the emissions associated with large-scale deforestation to grow the crop in places such as Brazil – and transport pollution from shipping the feed.


As part of Morrisons’ drive to be directly supplied by zero-emissions British farms by 2030, insect “mini farm” containers have been installed at egg suppliers in Yorkshire by the Cambridge-based start-up Better Origin.


The farm that will supply the first of the planet-friendly eggs has a wind turbine and solar panels and will offset emissions at the facility by planting trees, the supermarket chain said.


Morrisons said insects are a normal part of a chicken’s diet and their new regime will not affect the quality or taste of the eggs they produce.


A report by the University of Cambridgewhich looked at factors including care of the hens and production of the eggs confirmed that the product is carbon neutral.


Rival supermarket Sainsbury’s also stocks “carbon neutral” eggs by the brand Respectful, but the hens are fed with field beans rather than insects.


Sophie Throup, head of agriculture at Morrisons, said:


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