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January 12, 2006 - "Eggs"

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How are 98% of eggs in British Columbia produced, and what other methods compose the remaining 2%. We discuss the state of the egg industry in this province and investigate the methods of education the industry utilizes to inform the consumer.


Bruce Passmore - Farm Animal Welfare Coordinator for the Vancouver Humane Society, Coordinator of the Chicken Out Campaign, a joint effort between the Humane Society and the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals.

Fred Reid - Olera Farm in Abbotsford. Member of the Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia, and you may recognize the name as a key opponent in the heated debates that took place in this province only a few years ago between organic egg producers and the BC Egg Marketing Board

Karl Hann - Biota Farm in Abbotsford, biodynamic farmer and egg producer. Green Party candidate in the Abbotsford riding during the 2004 federal election. Karl was born and raised in Romania and has been living and farming in Canada for 20 years.

Maria Castro - Quennell Lake Poultry, a small family farm in the community of Cedar on Vancouver Island. Steering Committee of the Beyond Factory Farming Coalition (a campaign of the Council of Canadians). A director of Rare Breeds Canada. Steering Committee of the Agriculture Caucus of the Canadian Environmental Network. Food Link Nanaimo.

Peter Whitlock - Operations Manager BC Egg Producers (BC Egg Marketing Board).

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Bruce Passmore

  1. Bruce explains some alternatives to battery cage egg production. LISTEN

Karl Hann

  1. Karl describes the energy requirements of his biodynamic egg production versus conventional methods of production. LISTEN
  2. Karl compares the transportation requirements of biodynamic egg production versus conventional methods of production while touching on the important issue of manure. LISTEN

Maria Castro

  1. As we have compared the homogenous nature of conventional farming and egg production to those of small-scale organic or biodynamic methods, the issue of biodiversity - of preserving a network of natural interactions between living species is of course a concern. Maria explains. LISTEN

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  1. Code of Practice for Destroying Baby Chicks
  2. "Marketing board ends production of organic eggs"
  3. "To All Olera Farms Egg Customers and Suppliers"
  4. Egg Allergies and List of Products Containing Eggs
  5. "Indecent Eggsposure" - The Aquarian, Syd Baumel


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