Nestle commits to sourcing only cagefree eggs by 2025 Nestle, the world’s largest packaged foods company, has committed to sourcing only eggs from cage-free hens for all its food products globally by 2025. This includes all shell eggs and egg products directly sourced as ingredients by the company. In Europe and the U.S., Nestle will make the transition by the end of 2020. For the rest of the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania it will happen by 2025, with the move in Asia to be completed in the same transition period, as conditions allow. Several of the company’s rivals have already made similar pledges. Burnbrae, World Vision partner on gift donations World Vision Canada and Burnbrae Farms are once again giving Canadians the opportunity to provide families with hens, roosters and eggs this holiday season. For the sixth year, Burnbrae will match every Hens and Roosters gift purchased from World Vision’s Gift Catalogue (up to $10,000). Cargill piloting traceable turkeys Consumers can now trace Honeysuckle White brand turkeys from a family farm to their table as part of a new pilot project enabled by Cargill. Shoppers in select U.S. markets can simply text or enter an on-package code at HoneysuckleWhite.com to access the farm’s location by state and county, view the family farm story, see photos from the farm and read a message from the farmer. The project uses a first-to-market blockchain-based solution. Such models build a trusted, transparent food chain that integrates key stakeholders into the supply chain and creates a distributed ledger with immutable records. Poultry excrement a promising renewable energy source: study A new study shows that poultry excrement may have a future as a renewable energy source, potentially replacing about 10 per cent of coal used in electricity generation. For the study, researchers from Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) evaluated two biofuel types to determine which one is the more efficient poultry waste solid fuel. They compared the production, combustion and gas emissions of biochar with those of hydrochar. Biochar is produced by slow heating biomass at a temperature of 450°C (842°F) in an oxygen- free furnace. Hydrochar, in contrast, is produced by heating wet biomass to a much lower temperature of up to 250°C under pressure using a process called hydrothermal carbonization (HTC). HTC mimics natural coal formation within several hours. “We found that poultry waste processed as hydrochar produced 24 per cent higher net energy generation,” says student researcher Vivian Mau, who collaborated with BGU professor Amit Gross on the study. “Poultry waste hydrochar generates heat at high temperatures and combusts in a similar manner to coal, an important factor in replacing it as a renewable energy source.” For the first time, the researchers also showed that higher HTC production temperatures resulted in a significant reduction in emissions of methane (CH4) and ammonia (NH3) and an increase of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. “This investigation helped in bridging the gap between hydrochar being considered as a potential energy source toward the development of an alternative renewable fuel,” Gross explains. “Our fndings could help significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” 5 QUESTIONS FOR TIM LAMBERT In October, Egg Farmers of Canada (EFC) CEO Tim Lambert got exciting news – he had just been elected chair of the International Egg Commission (IEC). Lambert is only the third Canadian to serve in this role since the organization’s beginnings in 1964. We asked him five questions. What does it mean to you to be the new IEC chair? It’s a very progressive organization and it’s an honour to be asked by my peers around the world to lead the board. The egg industry globally is very dynamic and I’m excited about the opportunity to help it continue to thrive. Tell us about your background. While I don’t have a farming background, I always had an interest in agriculture and science growing up. There was nothing else I wanted to study or work in. I did have a sheep farm in Fergus for years when I worked in Guelph. On the home front, I’ve been married to Barbara since 1983. We have two sons and a daughter. In my spare time I play hockey twice a week and also enjoy painting and drawing. How did you first become familiar with IEC and its work? When I started at EFC in 2003, the IEC board asked me to get involved. I served on and chaired various IEC committees, helped start the Young Egg Leaders Programme and then served as vice chair for the last five years. What specific areas of growth will you focus on during your term? We always want to get more companies and organizations involved. One way we do this is through our two annual conferences. The Young Leaders Programme will be expanded. We invite young farmers and industry leaders to attend various programs and meetings, and then they do outreach in their countries and that drives new IEC interest and membership. My other main focus will be to elevate global standards for sustainability, disease management and social responsibility. What has enabled you to reach this point? My international involvement all stems from my connection with EFC, which embraces social responsibility and building public trust. For example, Project Canaan/Heart for Africa is very much an EFC project. EFC also started a young egg leaders program in Canada and established an extensive egg research program. If it weren’t for the progressive views of EFC board members, I would not be IEC chair today.
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