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Baby chicks, eggs, & a YouTube sensation for a kinder world

To me,
the web is at its best is when people use it to share information that needs to get out,
as in this case of chicks, eggs, & a YouTube sensation that shows the unsavory history of the vast majority of eggs people eat these days. Thanks to Mary Max, who led me
to this info, and Marisa Miller Wolfson of Kind Green Planet who provided today’s
guest blog and a challenge: how about an egg-free week?


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If someone told you that the #2 most viral video on the Internet on Tuesday, September 1st, was about egg production, would you believe them? 


An undercover investigation of the world’s largest egg industry hatchery has gotten over 1.5 million hits in just two weeks! Watch this short video by Mercy for Animals to find out what all the buzz is about and what the egg industry doesn’t want you to know. 

This week’s mission is dedicated to the baby chicks in the video: it’s to be completely egg-free for one week. 

Sometimes it takes a solid commitment like this to get out of your comfort zone and experiment with new egg-free options. It might feel like a stretch at first, but once you try new things, they’ll be in your tool belt for ever and ever and ever! Now isn’t that nice?


Feel free to read and/or watch the following eggless cooking tips, recipes and videos…and print out the tips/recipes!

Mercy for Animals’ Tips for Baking without Eggs 

Eggless egg salad recipe from the Compassionate Cooks Vegetarian Cooking DVD.


Breakfasts tend to be the eggiest meal of the American day, but it doesn’t have to be!
Here’s a highly rated Scrambled Tofu recipe by cookbook author Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Want French toast but don’t know how to make the bread-dipping sauce? My friend Robert Friedlander sent me his recipe:

Put these ingredients in a blender:
1 1/2 cups soy milk
2 tbs flour 
2 tsp nutritional yeast
2 tsp flax seed
1 tbs vanilla extract
cinnamon (to taste)
maple syrup (to taste)
Enough for approx. 8 pieces.


And my friend Jenna Calabrese sent me this recipe for an eggless (and gluten-free) quiche:

Mushroom, Leek, and Tofu Quiche (c) The Little Vegan Monsters


  2 leeks, sliced
  4 C. sliced shittake and oyster mushrooms
  1 T. olive oil
  4 cloves garlic, minced
  1lb. firm tofu
  2 T. lemon juice
  1 T. tamari
  1 t. dijon mustard
  1/4 t. black pepper
  1/4 t. dried marjoram
  1/4 t. dried basil

Preheat oven to 350F.

Saute the leeks, mushrooms, and garlic in the olive oil over medium-high heat until soft and tender.

Blend the remaining ingredients until smooth.
Pour the blended tofu mixture in a large bowl and fold in the sauteed vegetables.  Transfer all to a lightly-oiled 9-inch pie dish and bake for 45-55 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.


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posted September 23, 2009 at 6:17 pm

My husband and I are vegan so we don’t eat eggs. I know it was such a strange moment for me when I first watched videos of things like this and I realized how much in our society we take for granted things like egg production. Think about at easter time how many eggs are wasted! I bought plastic eggs for my daughter and have reused them each year rather than coloring easter eggs. I think she was a little disappointed at first but when I explained to her about eggs, she really got behind it. Thanks for this post.

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posted September 24, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Thank you for sharing this Victoria. People really do need to know what goes on at these “farms”. I doubt many could honestly say they don’t have a problem it it. It sure is a lot different than when our grandparents gathered eggs from the few chickens they had in the barn! So very heartrenching.

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kare anderson

posted September 24, 2009 at 3:36 pm

in the newest issue of New Yorker see article about the craze of raising backyard chickens in the U.S. by Susan Orlean, “The it Bird”… i loved it

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posted September 24, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Thank you once again Victoria for your compassion & desire to educate. I am thrilled to know that this important video has been viewed by 1.5 million people, most of which likely had no idea whatsoever about these inhumane practices. I have been a vegetarian for 3 years now and am yearning to take the step to eating vegan, for many reasons, including the horrors shown in this video. As an animal lover, the thought of eating a living creature apalls me, so how can I justify the horrible treatment of chickens & cows to provide me with eggs & dairy?!(neither of which are particulalry nutritionally healthy of necessary!) I hereby commit to going egg-free for one week, with the intention of it being the starting point for adopting a complete vegan eating style. Thank you again.

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posted September 24, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Greetings All,
I’m new to Beliefnet and Victoria’s Blog. Thank you for posting this important video. While I’m not a vegetarian and do eat eggs, I try to eat locally and know where my food is coming from. In the case of our eggs, they come from the farmer up the road and we pick them up directly from him.

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Vcitoria Moran

posted September 24, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Welcome to Beliefnet, Nancy, and thanks to everyone else who wrote in on this. I love reading about the ways people find to live compassionate lives. We’re not all alike, but we are all caring. I just love that.

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posted September 24, 2009 at 5:56 pm

I covered my mouth in complete despair as I watched this video. I made a commitment about a year ago to only purchase “cage free” eggs and hope that I am correct in thinking that it makes a difference in how the chickens are treated. I sure hope so. If anyone knows the facts on this please share.

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posted September 25, 2009 at 11:19 am

Just a week or so ago I commented to you on how I add an egg white to my morning protein drink; but not any more! I can’t beleive this still goes on. Can you imagine telling people what you do for a living after watching a video like that? It truely made me cry. Thanks for keeping us informed!

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posted September 26, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Thanks for posting.
Egg-free for 5 years!

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posted September 29, 2009 at 11:22 am

I found the video extremely disturbing although I was aware of such practices from other sources. I love eggs and although I could, I wouldn’t want to go without eggs; I therefore try to buy eggs that come from a school farm in my town or from small farms where chickens are raised the old fashioned way. These eggs may be a little more expensive but I feel much better knowing that I did a better choice and they taste a whole lot better.
Thanks for posting this Victoria.

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