In general, raising livestock takes a huge toll on the environment. For perspective, farming animals produces from 20 to 50 percent of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions in the world. While chickens are lower on the carbon scale than, say, cows, producing eggs is still generally unsustainable: One kilogram of egg protein (what you'd get from about 10 dozen eggs) releases about 4.8 kilograms of CO2 into the atmosphere.
But there's good news for egg lovers out there: The Dutch company Kipster is claiming to have created the world's first carbon-neutral egg. Calling themselves a "revolutionary farm," which prioritizes animal welfare, environmental sustainability and social responsibility, Kipster has employed a handful of green methods to offset the carbon footprint of producing eggs.
The farm is fitted with almost 1,100 solar panels, which powers the entire establishment and produces more energy than the farm needs, the remainder of which they sell. Kipster also raises white chickens, which eat less than their brown counterparts and therefore save on raw materials; use an extremely low ammonia standards; don't use any fossil fuels; uses chicken feed produced from food waste rather than corn, which is a huge tax on the environment; and has reduced fine particle emissions by more than 90 percent.