It's time to put the chicken, before the egg Aotearoa...
In response to the World Egg Industry celebrating World Egg Day, Vegan World Alliance, an alliance of Vegan Organizations around the world, opted to oppose the day by creating World Egg-Free Day, which is celebrated on 9 October each year.
Throughout October, we encourage you to say no to eggs and yes to compassion for animals by challenging yourself, your friends, your work-place or your family to go EGG-FREE for 31 days.
Ready to try Egg-Free October? Check out these egg-free recipes to get you started...
It's no fun being in a cage, learn more about why taking part in Egg-Free October is important.
The chicken’s body has been forced out of all recognition, literally. In the 1970s the average egg laying chicken was laying some 80 – 150 eggs per year. Now the chicken lays on average 300 eggs per year! It’s a huge toll on their bodies, resulting in misshapen organs, poor feather condition, osteoporosis and egg production declines after only a year. The chickens are then slaughtered and more take their place. Normally chickens can live for 6 years or so, thus they suffer drastically shortened lives.
There has been much research to show that far from being healthy, egg consumption can lead to increased risks of cancer: Recent studies found that the molecule called trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) which is produced by the consumption of animal products like red meat and eggs correlates with increased cancer risks.
Unfortunately the increased risk for cancer starts at small amounts of egg consumption: research in 2011 showed that a consumption of 2.5 eggs or more per week resulted in an 81% increase of lethal prostate cancer compared with a consumption of less than half an egg per week.
A 2014 study found that those consuming more than 3 eggs per week were 25% more at risks to develop gastrointestinal cancer. In 2015 it was found that there was a 4% increased risk in breast cancer, 9% in ovarian cancer and 49% in fatal prostate cancer from consumption of 5 eggs per week.
A review of 14 studies published in 2013 found that those who consumed the most eggs increase their risk of diabetes by 68%.
There are some really awesome ways to make all kinds of cakes, pancakes, waffles, pikelets, mayonnaises, meringues, omelettes, quiches, anything that you previously used eggs for. Yes, even vegan versions of hard boiled and fried eggs exist! In the Indian culture eggs have never been considered vegetarian, so you will find many great egg free dishes in Indian cooking.