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2012-12-20 at 10:35

Local family farm takes part in provincial awareness campaign

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THUNDER BAY -- A local family is helping show people how their eggs get to the breakfast table.

Vanderwees Farm is one of 14 family farms in the province taking part in the Who Made Your Eggs Today? campaign.

"It's an opportunity for us to let the consumer know what we do, where we are and how we process the eggs," said Bruce Vanderwees during a phone interview with CKPR Radio.

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"Nowadays there's a big disconnect and that's part of the program itself -- just to bring people back to the farm and let them know what's going on at the farm."

The family processes nearly 30,000 eggs a day and close to 90 per cent of its product is used in Thunder Bay.

Vanderwees eggs are served at several restaurant across the city and at Lakehead University.


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The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
..."family farm' is a bit cutesy....try "local big business monopoly"....not that I particularily care, but it's the truth.
12/20/2012 5:07:04 PM
SomeGuy says:
Why do you hate on everything?
12/21/2012 8:05:23 PM
mercy mercy me says:
congrats on an 'eggcelent' ad campaign
12/20/2012 5:15:00 PM
commonsense says:
I would welcome some info as to the living conditions of the chickens which produce those eggs. Do they spend their entire, short existence in a crowded cage? There was no video of where the chickens live their life, just shots of cute chicks.
More details would be appreciated.
12/20/2012 7:29:16 PM
Dontlistentome says:
You know, humans are a funny animal...just how do you chicken huggers think eggs or any other consumable is produced to feed the other 6 billion people on the planet. I'm not advocating any particular type of food production, but you don't produce 90% of the eggs that a region of maybe 175k people consume by sprinkling cracked corn around for your 2 dozen lovingly cared for hens. Don't knock the process, knock the people eating them if it makes you feel better. Demand goes up and supply must adapt to meet that demand. It's part of the integral relationship of supply and demand. Be thankful China hasn't embraced the 2egg breakfast special.... There'd be hatcheries on other planets by now!
12/23/2012 9:22:23 AM
moonpie says:
I had no idea Vanerwees participated in factory farming. As seen in the video, factory farmed chickens live in intensive confinement systems. To farmers, these confined-for-life animals are well cared for but common sense tells you this is not a good life for any creature.

"Egg-laying chickens are arguably the most abused animals in the world. They are packed four to six hens at a time into wire battery cages that have a floor the size of a folded newspaper. They spend their lives never being able to spread their wings and barely able to move, standing on sloping wire floors and suffering feather loss and skin damage due to constant rubbing against the cage and cage-mates. Up to 20% of the hens raised under these conditions die of stress and disease. Male chicks have no value to the egg industry, so every year in Canada, tens of millions of chicks are ground up alive or tossed into bags to suffocate within hours of having hatched."
12/21/2012 1:41:16 AM
razor_burn says:
Ever cute. Free advertising.
12/21/2012 9:05:22 AM
MIZ says:
Maybe Hobbs should hire these smart people as consultants
12/21/2012 9:25:36 AM
mazda323 says:
I'm sure if you went to Vanderwees Farm and asked to see the chickens they would show you. No sense speculating about living conditions until you know for sure. After that, if you're not satisfied, don't eat their eggs.
12/21/2012 9:53:59 AM
moonpie says:
Factory farming is what it is, there is no middle ground. It wasn't speculation, they show it right there in the video. Conditions look clean so disease is likely not a big issue, and its not about their eggs; its the cramped conditions the animals have to live in that is bothersome. Seeing animals confined like that is not going to make it any better. Ever been to a puppymill? Same thing.
12/21/2012 11:53:21 AM
commonsense says:
I don't want to accuse at all, we just need to realize where the eggs came from, and know that the chickens were treated humanely. As I said, no video shown of the area where the chickens live, just the cute chick and the final result.
I do actually buy free range eggs myself, and pay a premium price for them. Doesn't mean I can't wonder where all the other eggs came from.
12/21/2012 1:43:39 PM
karma says:
They are a factory farm... the chickens are kept in a huge windowless building with no sunshine and no room to move about. But if it's 'local' we are all supposed to back them up.
12/21/2012 4:09:46 PM
really??? says:
OMG - don't eat eggs then! Or rather - get them from the big box stores - where they have been shipped 1000's of miles, and possibly not handled properly. Complainers - enough already.
12/24/2012 9:50:52 AM
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