The sale of organic eggs in the UK has being doing very nicely over the last few years. That could all be about to change thanks to a warm sunny spring in Europe.
Very little rain has meant a poorer than expected grain harvest in Russia and the Ukraine, a main source for imported grain for the UK. As a consequence Russia and the Ukraine are holding their grain back for local consumption. Organic egg producers in the UK have found themselves having to source their grain from as far as Kazakhstan! The Soil Association has found it difficult to convert arable farmers in the UK over to organic, hence the reliance on grain imports.
It’s a tough life for the shopper with a conscience and a desire to eat heathily. An organic egg appeared to tick all the right boxes. If all those global warming gases from all the grain transportation is ignored then they probably still do. You’ll need to pay more for the privelege though as their prices continue to climb steeply.
The alternative if you have a garden is to get a couple of your own chickens! Over half a million households have done just that. Keeping chickens in your backyard is the fastest growing activity when it comes to keeping animals. Give it a try. It’s really quite easy. Eggs at your door that won’t make you poor! 🙂