When new facts about Hampton Creek appear in the news, articles and blog posts, more people get curious about what makes a company and its food products environmentally friendly. A major point Hampton Creek emphasizes is avoiding eggs in any of its processed foods, including foods that traditionally contain eggs. Consumers may justifiably wonder how that is helpful to the environment.
The answer mainly involves factory farms and the negative effects they have. Even if someone were to disregard the animal cruelty that is prevalent in these facilities, there are other reasons to be concerned. One reason is the enormous amount of animal waste produced because so many birds are being raised to lay eggs. That waste contributes to excessive greenhouse gas emissions that are connected with climate change. If people significantly reduced the amount of eggs they consume, there should be a correspondingly reduction of greenhouse gases because fewer chickens would be needed.
One way to reduce egg consumption is to replace eggs in processed foods with plant-based substances that achieve the same effects. During the egg shortage of 2015, for instance, General Mills bought powdered plant-based egg substitute from Hampton Creek for its baking mixes. Yellow pea protein in Hampton Creek’s Just Mayo holds the oil and water together, which conventionally has been accomplished in mayonnaise by adding eggs.
People who are concerned about the impact of chicken factory farming on the environment would like to see people move toward getting their eggs locally. More could be raising hens in the backyard, and others could support local egg suppliers who allow the birds to roam a little bit. Of course, those chickens still produce waste that could contribute to greenhouse gas levels. However, the waste material also can serve useful purposes in these smaller settings. It can be added to compost, along with used bedding from the coops. Chickens roaming about a yard also provide natural pest control because they eat bugs. They also can eat some of the family’s food scraps that would otherwise be thrown away, as long as everyone learns what foods chickens should and should not be eating.