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farms in 2022. “We have already benchmarked where we were in terms of dozens of sustainability parameters,” says Lambert. “Now, we are focused on how we can continue to do better. Under the guidance of Dr Nathan Pelletier, the NEST tool will offer farmers a sophisticated analysis tool with the ability to benchmark against other farms in their region and across the country.” As part of its sustainability commitment, EFC supports a network of research chairs, including Dr Nathan Pelletier at the University of British Columbia. Lambert adds – that because egg farmers collect a massive amount of data on energy use, feed consumption, water use, mortality, health and so on – “what we’re doing [with NEST] is facilitating the aggregation of this information in an anony- mous way, so that farmers can see where they fit in the broader spectrum of energy use, for example, and consider options to conserve more.” However, Lambert explains that since egg production is arguably already the animal protein with the lowest environmental impact and egg farmers are


already leaders in sustainable food production, the difference between farmers at the top and bottom of parameters such as electricity use “is certainly less than ever and is narrowing every year”. He adds that all egg farms in Canada are also held to the same animal welfare and food safety standards and are all inspected and audited. In 2021 EFC is also set to launch a Canadian Coalition for Sus- tainable Eggs. This initiative will allow the industry to explore opportunities to further improve sustainability, and EFC is currently examining who should be approached for member- ship. Lambert says it will primarily act as a brainstorming and analysis group.


International activities In addition, Pelissero and Pelletier sit on the International Egg Commission Environmental Sustainability Expert Group which started in 2020. “We had a sustainability working group with a broad focus that I chaired during the last few


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Canadian egg farmers have re- duced energy use by 41%, while also gen- erating power via solar panels.


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