Limburg-based Dutch Egg Farm Produces World First CO2 Neutral Eggs
In the Dutch province of Limburg, a chicken farm in Castenray is said to have produced the first CO2 neutral egg
Dutch chicken farm Kipster, which bills itself as ‘the world’s most animal and environmentally friendly chicken farm’, claims the CO2 neutral egg is a ‘world first’.
A circular diet
The farm only uses white hens, which weigh less than brown chickens and require less feed. A considerable savings on material costs. They eat what are called ‘residual flows’ such as left over bread and agricultural by-products. We don’t feed them corn, for instance,’ says chicken farmer Ruud Zanders.
The eggs are not cheap, though. Costing 23 to 24 cents apiece compared to the 16 to 17 cents for a conventional free-range egg. Considering the recent health scare involving European eggs from the ‘less chicken friendly’ larger farms, it is probably an appealing option. The entire stock for the next five years has been sold to supermarket Lidl, where they will go on sale later this month.
Sustainable work-life balance
The Kipter farm deploys a massive array of 1,100 solar panels to boost sustainable energy usage. They use 40% of the energy generated to power the farm and sell the rest. This goes to making the farm, and the eggs, CO2 neutral according to Zanders.
What catches your attention is the chickens’ impressive housing arrangement, designed with the involvement of the animal protection organisation Dierenbescherming. The palatial digs consists of a glass covered inside garden with trees and tree trunks for the birds, and features two outdoor spaces so they can get some fresh air. What’s more, ‘Retired’ chickens, the Kipster website writes, ‘are not dumped in Africa to disrupt the market there but are processed here into high-quality products’.
The Dutch with their character and attitude of reinvention have undertaken to achieve a 100% circular economy by 2050. We see it as crucial for economic growth, but moreover that it improves the well-being of society as a whole. Netherlands intends to become a living lab, generating and dissipating information on the transformation into a future-proof world. The Netherlands has launched the Netherlands Circular Hotspot (NLCH) so that we can leave behind a livable earth for future generations.