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The importance of eggs

May 10, 2010
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
Dear Editor:

The clock is ticking. This spring, the window to get Iowa’s corn and soybeans planted closes a little more each day. And, with each day, the world’s population continues to grow.

While these two things might seem a little disjointed, in reality, they are closely connected. The state of Iowa plays a significant role in feeding a hungry world, which begins with the crops Iowans grow.

Our population now totals more than 6.8 billion people. Within the next four decades, that number is estimated to reach almost 10 billion, more than a 47 percent increase. We now face a daunting challenge-how do we prepare to feed a 10 billion-person world?

Iowa’s egg farmers are experts at utilizing Iowa corn and soybeans to create a great tasting, versatile food-the incredible, edible egg. The all-natural egg contains high-quality protein plus 13 vitamins and minerals. This year, Iowa egg farmers will produce 15 billion eggs-that’s enough to give everyone on earth (currently 6.8 billion people) an egg a day for two days!

But the question remains: what roles do we, as Iowans want to play in feeding our growing, hungry world? We can ship our corn and soybeans out of state and let others reap the benefit of adding value, or we can choose to add as much value as we can right here.

The essential nutrition found in eggs can enhance diets in Iowa, the U.S., and the world. Including the high-quality protein found in eggs in our diets is one of the fastest ways to maintain overall health. In addition to being the nation’s top egg-producing state, Iowa also ranks number one in egg processing. We can make eggs into food products that can be easily transported worldwide. Imagine the greater role Iowa’s dried and liquid egg-products can play in the future health of our world!

These are important concerns for Iowans. Do we want to participate in feeding a growing, hungry world? And, if we do, what are we doing as a state to make sure we are capable of the tasks at hand?

May is National Egg Month. Celebrate the incredible, edible egg and the incredible role Iowa’s eggs play in feeding our growing world today and in the future.

Kevin Vinchattle

Iowa Egg Council Executive Director/CEO



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