Sunny side up, hard-boiled, fried, poached, or over easy: eggs are one of the most versatile ingredients we have at our disposal. We eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, in our delicious baked goods, we even combined breakfast and lunch into brunch so we could justify eating them when we want to.
National Egg Day is believed to have started in 1921 in Washington State. A fledgling poultry and egg industry was emerging from the town of Winlock and some wise entrepreneurs capitalized on the opportunity to raise the profile of their industry and town by making the event an annual one. The town now holds an Egg Day Festival and crowns one lucky person the Egg Day Princess!
The rise of the fabled egg has come to fruition due to the government dropping its caution about eating high cholesterol foods like shrimp, lobster, and that’s right the incredible edible egg. “Cholesterol is bad” is a message a lot of Americans grew up with, but recently nutritionists have suggested the cholesterol in foods such as eggs which are actually good for you might not even negatively affect your cholesterol levels at all, which is why the restriction on dietary cholesterol was dropped. Eggs are also extremely affordable and they can be added to so many of your established recipes.
Still, The Washington Post reports that we have a long way to go before we eat eggs like our ancestors did. At the height of World War II, egg consumption in 1945 averaged out to 404 per person per year, which I don’t have to tell you is more eggs than we have days in the year.
This relates to the transportation industry because the numbers are in, and egg consumption is on the rise. From 2015 to 2019 the egg industry saw a meteoric rise from just over 8,000 million cartons of eggs transported and consumed in the U.S. to just under 9,500 million cartons. That’s over a 1,500 million dozen more in just 5 years. Estimates continue to rise over the foreseeable future as people start to look to the egg for protein and essential vitamins in their diet. Of the millions of eggs produced in the United States well over half were sold as shell eggs through retail outlets. Nearly one-third were further processed into products for food service, manufacturing, retail and export. The vast majority of U.S. egg production is consumed domestically, with only 7.6 million cases of shell eggs exported in 2019. That equates out to thousands of jobs for the trucking industry in the U.S.
So why did the chicken cross the road? Because we hauled it there. Today, while you’re enjoying that egg for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack, silently thank the truck driver who made it possible for you to enjoy that oblong sphere of goodness. Happy National Egg Day!