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Morrisons will offer consumers first “carbon neutral” eggs will be produced by feeding hens with insects grown on food waste from the company’s supermarkets.

Egg-laying hens will be fed without soy, including insects fed on food waste from the retailer’s bakery, fruit and vegetable yards.

cutting out soy avoids emissions associated with large-scale deforestation to grow crops in places like Brazil, and transport pollution from feed delivery.

As part of Morrisons drive to be directly granted zero- emissions from UK farms by 2030, egg suppliers have containers for “mini-farms” with insects in Yorkshire in Cambridge start-up The best origin.

farm that will supply first of The eco-friendly eggs are equipped with a wind turbine and solar panels, and the facility’s emissions are offset by planting trees, the supermarket chain said.

Morrisons said insects are a normal part of Chicken diet and their new mode will not affect the quality or taste of the eggs they produce.

University report of Cambridge, which looked at factors including leaving of chickens and production of eggs have confirmed that the product is carbon neutral.

Competing supermarket Sainsbury’s also stocks “carbon-neutral” brand eggs Respectfully, but the hens are full with beans, not insects.

Sophie Troop, head of agriculture in Morrison, said: “This is our first carbon neutral product and there will be many more come.

“We know our customers consider the environmental impact of the food they eat and want accessible zero- emission products.

“Eggs are regular weekly purchase for most households, and therefore we are very pleased that in 18 months of hard work with our farmers, these eggs are finally on our shelves.”

Experts have long urged consumers to include insects in their diet. for health reasons and because they have a significantly lower carbon footprint than meat production.

There were no significant changes in the diet of consumers, but research suggests that using insects in food production process can be efficient way to reduce carbon emissions.

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Ian Bamford, advertising director of center for Industrial sustainability at the university of Cambridge, said: “We were very pleased with the opportunity review and analyze the approach that Morrison took to calculate carbon impact of several of their egg producers.

“It was clear that the mitigation measures that have been taken in place through first a carbon-neutral egg farm has allowed them to satisfy this goal”.

Freedom-range eggs will initially available in 50 Yorkshire stores and less environmental impact store in Little Clacton, Essex, in cost of 30p each or £1.50 for package of six.

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