For weeks, we’ve been inundated with news about the high cost of eggs. Even if we haven’t heard the talking heads discussing high egg prices, we’ve seen the shocking prices at the grocery store.
What is going on?
If you listen to the news or do a quick Google search, you’re going to find a lot of the same answers: There is an avian flu that has killed birds, and, as a result, we are experiencing an egg shortage.
But what if there is more to the story than we are being told?
Instead of just accepting paying $10 for a dozen eggs, let’s investigate the various reasons and the ways to address the issue in your own home.
Why Are Egg Prices Skyrocketing 138% in One Month?
Across the nation, the average cost for a dozen eggs is around $4.25.
Again, this is an average, and the cost varies from one state to another.
Eggs are over $6 in Arizona, California, Nevada, Alabama, Florida, and Hawaii. A dozen eggs in Hawaii costs $9.73.
To give you some idea about how drastic the price increase is, consider the price of eggs is up 138% year over year last month.
And that’s just in the US. Europe and Malaysia are also seeing soaring egg prices. New Zealand’s latest restrictions on farmers are causing a massive egg shortage.
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Many news reports are claiming the soaring egg prices are due to an avian influenza outbreak that has killed massive numbers of poultry.
While there is some truth to this story (yes, there is avian flu, and yes, birds have died), many are starting to believe this doesn’t fully account for the shockingly high prices we are seeing in grocery stores.
For example, a Welsh egg farmer named Ioan Humphreys has taken to social media to share his personal experience and how it differs from the narrative being presented.
In one video, he explains, “Supermarkets are going to tell you it is because there is an avian flu, which to be fair, there are a lot of cases of avian flu. But you want to know the real reason there’s an egg shortage? It’s because the supermarkets won’t pay the farmers for their eggs. Supermarkets have upped egg prices for the consumer but they haven’t filtered that price increase down to the farmers. So, our price for producing those eggs has skyrocketed – feed, electric, and the price of new birds have all gone up. But the price of eggs has stayed the same. So now we physically can’t afford to produce those eggs. […] The farmers can’t afford to. If the supermarkets paid us a fair price for our eggs, there would be more eggs.”
Humphreys isn’t the only farmer raising the alarm about the avian flu narrative.
Other farmers have expressed concern about the higher costs to produce. Dairy farmers are experiencing farm inflation costs.
So, while dairy and egg prices go up, farmers are losing money.
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Eggs Are Essential
This is a problem whether it is due to farmers not being able to produce or the avian flu taking down birds.
Eggs are an essential part of our diet. They are an essential ingredient in many of our recipes.
If eggs are priced too high to be a part of our diets, we’ll suffer.
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WebMD explains, “One egg has 6 grams of [protein], with all nine ‘essential’ amino acids, the building blocks of protein. That’s important because those are the ones your body can’t make by itself.”
Eggs have more nutrients than most other foods.
As a result of their health benefits and traditional low cost, eggs have long been considered a go-to food source.
Now consider the rising meat prices.
If we are forced to go without meat and eggs due to high costs, our nutritional health will be reduced.
The Current Status of the So-Called Egg Shortage
Earlier we talked about how farmers are losing money.
That isn’t true for America’s largest egg producer, which saw a 600% jump in profits in the last quarter.
Now that’s interesting.
So interesting that Farm Action, a farm industry advocate, wants to investigate price gouging.
According to a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, Farm Action writes, “Egg prices more than doubled for consumers last year — going from $1.788 in December 2021 to $4.250 in December 2022 for a dozen large Grade A eggs. Industry-aligned consultants and leading egg producers have blamed this dramatic increase on ‘supply disruption, act of God’ type stuff. […] However, the real culprit behind this 138 percent hike in the price of a carton of eggs appears to be a collusive scheme among industry leaders to turn inflationary conditions and an avian flu outbreak into an opportunity to extract egregious profits reaching as high as 40 percent.”
Another thing that is making people double-think the avian flu narrative is discovering that Bill Gates is invested in artificial eggs.
They are produced by the same company Gates invested in when he made known his position that people should only eat synthetic beef.
That’s not all.
Many chicken owners have noticed a decrease in egg production within their own flocks and have taken to social media to discuss a theory that something has changed in the feed, which is causing the sudden low production. In fact, many hobby farmers are starting to make their own feed or let the chickens eat compost to test this theory.
How You Can Deal with Soaring Egg Prices at Home
We don’t know when egg prices will return to easier-to-buy rates, but the entire situation is a good reminder not to rely on your grocery store for food.
Here are some ways to practice egg self-sufficiency.
- Stock up on Ready Hour Whole Egg Powder. Emergency food doesn’t have to be used just during natural disasters. It’s also helpful during financial disasters. Rather than breaking the bank on eggs in the grocery store, use whole egg powder. A #10 can of Whole Egg Powder equates to approximately 72 eggs. The key here is that these eggs last up to 10 years in storage and who knows what the skyrocketing price of eggs may be in even five years?! These are made of real eggs that have been converted to dry powder for long-term storage. They can be used to make scrambled eggs and omelets or as a substitute for fresh eggs in baking. (Or use these Scrambled Egg food pouches.)
- Identify Egg Substitutes. When recipes call for fresh eggs, be aware of items you may already have in your pantry or refrigerator that act as egg substitutes, such as mayonnaise or mashed bananas.
- Raise Chickens. There has never been a better time to start raising chickens than today. In fact, so many people are ready to start raising chickens for their own eggs that some municipalities are changing their ordinances to allow residents to keep food-producing animals, such as chickens. See A Guide to Raising Your Own Poultry to learn more.
- Join a Chicken Co-op. If you do live somewhere that does not allow food-producing animals, consider joining a chicken co-op or making friends with those in your community who raise chickens. See if you can work out a bartering system for eggs.
Don’t egg-nore what is happening, friends.
Elizabeth AndersonPreparedness Advisor, My Patriot Supply