The first World Egg Day was celebrated in 1996. It is now celebrated every year on the second Friday in October. People around the world have continued to celebrate eggs as an excellent, affordable source of high quality protein and their vital role in feeding people around the world.
Today is World Egg Day, and the Iowa Egg Council is celebrating at the Park Avenue HyVee. They will be handing out free breakfast tacos from 6:30-8:30am. The tacos are in conjunction with National Hispanic Heritage Month.
The Hispanic population, consumes the most eggs per year compared to any country. They consume about 358 eggs per year, compared to the U.S. 263 eggs. The Hispanic population recognize that eggs are an excellent, affordable source of high quality protein. They include a lot of eggs in their dishes and diets.
Katie Nola with Iowa Egg Council describing Iowa’s Egg Status as a whole by saying, “The egg industry is bouncing back from the Avian Influenza Virus. We are right back up where we use to be. We are back to being #1 in egg production, which is about 16 billion eggs per year.”
Nola also shared that eggs offer a good portion of about 6 grams of high quality protein. “Protein is great for muscle growth and satisfying you during the day. You are less likely to indulge in sugar and carbs, said Nola.”
Every day, egg farmers across the globe join together in their commitment to provide high-quality eggs to help feed the world’s hungry. Here at home, America’s egg farmers continue to balance their operations with firm commitments to the people they feed, the animals they care for and the environment we all share.