Lucy Wang

U.S. Imports Expensive Feed from China to Satisfy American Appetite for Organic Eggs

by , 02/28/14
filed under: Animals, News, Sustainable Food

Organic eggs, imported feed, organic feed, organic egg production, organic soybeans, organic corn, u.s. agribusiness, u.s. farmers, farming, egg shortage, organic egg industry, organic farming

Bad news organic egg fans: your tasty breakfast staple might not be as ethical or good for the environment as you’d like to think. According to an NPR report, American farmers struggling to keep up with the skyrocketing demand for organic eggs have turned to importing organic feed from countries like China and India. Not only does the expensive, imported feed result in a large carbon footprint and depress domestic organic egg production, but skeptics also worry about the authenticity of organic feed sourced from countries with less stringent regulations.



Organic eggs, imported feed, organic feed, organic egg production, organic soybeans, organic corn, u.s. agribusiness, u.s. farmers, farming, egg shortage, organic egg industry, organic farming

According to the report, the U.S. imports more than half of its organic soybeans as well as a significant portion of its organic corn from abroad. The situation seems odd given the U.S.’ reputation as the world’s largest soybean producer and exporter. The challenges in organic farming such as increased weeding and pest control, however, have dissuaded American farmers from changing the industry’s import-export landscape. As a result, the U.S. agribusiness imports significant amounts of organic feed from the same countries it ships conventionally grown feed.

Related: Monsanto is Going Organic to Win Over Consumers

Heavy dependence on outside countries for organic feed, however, has caused problems for the organic egg industry. Last summer, when the organic feed prices rose to double and triple the amount of their conventional counterparts, farmers shut down their organic production, leading to a nationwide egg shortage.

Via NPR

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2 Comments

  1. Mischa Popoff March 1, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    The American organic farmer has been reduced to a minority player in his own market thanks to the lack of field testing in the USDA’s National Organic Program. President Clinton wanted organic crops to be tested to ensure no one was cheating, but the urban leadership of the organic movement succeeded in watering down America’s organic standards precisely so they could source cheap, USDA certified-organic imports from China.

  2. TheHamptons.com February 28, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    It is time for us to turn back to “Made in USA”…

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