Eggs are going to cost us more as farmers battle to keep up with rising costs and a leap in demand.
On average, a New Zealander eats about 200 eggs a year, about 20 per cent more than in 2005. The sharp rise in demand has led egg stocks to plunge by more than half since October 2009. In addition, some egg farmers have been forced out of business due to the need for extensive capital spending to meet improved animal welfare requirements.
The increased popularity of eggs is traced to positive messages about their nutritional value by the Heart Foundations of NZ and Australia. “These initiatives have helped to dispel the long-term myth linking egg consumption to heart disease,” says Egg spokeswoman Jacqueline Baptista,
Although the egg shortage is expected to be short-term, prices are likely to increase.
But Baptista says eggs are still the most cost-effective and affordable protein source available, costing 75 cents per 100 grams compared with $3.20 per 100 grams for beef and $1.80 per 100 grams for almonds.