By Sandra Vijn
We strive towards a circular food system where the interests of humans, animals, and nature are interconnected. It may sound a bit presumptuous, but this means we want to create a world with less or no meat, eggs, and dairy in our shopping baskets. We're working towards a food system in which livestock does not gobble up valuable land but rather upcycles existing residual flows from food production. This means livestock numbers need to match the size of the available food surplus and residual flows from food systems.
Currently, over 75% of all agricultural land is used to grow livestock feed crops or for grazing (source: FAO). Feeding people with diverse, nutritious crops derived directly from the land is more efficient and generally less polluting. Food grown in regenerative ways is less harmful for the climate and the environment than conventional commodity feed crops grown for animal proteins. Pushing crops first through the stomach of a chicken, cow or pig, means less food for people to eat. Removing a large number of animals from our food chain will bring us closer to solutions needed around global warming, famine, deforestation, etcetera.
If we use the land directly for human food, we'd:
● Feed many more mouths per ha arable land
● Need less farmland
● Stop conversion and degradation of natural habitats
● Emit fewer greenhouse gasses
● Reduce the risk of zoonotic diseases
Circular food systems
Kipster chickens play a role in circular food systems, because they upcycle residual streams into eggs and meat, and their litter fertilizes crop lands.
Kipster eggs are produced by MPS Egg Farms. You can buy the eggs labeled Simple Truth + Kipster eggs at Ralphs, Kings Soopers, QFC, Fred Meyer, Kroger, Fry’s, Roundy’s, Smith’s, Mariano’s, Pick’ n Save, Metro Markets, and Copps. To check if your local store carries them, please see Simple Truth® + Kipster in Sustainable Farming – Kroger - Kroger. But you can also leave it and go vegan.