There are millions of people around the world who raise chickens in their backyard and it’s as easy as buying baby chicks online on sites such as MyPetChicken.com and getting them in the mail.
You will need to build a coop and learn how to keep and raise your chickens, but that’s all just part of the fun. When you’re buying baby chicks online, you can choose the breed you want and just add it to your shopping cart. It’s that simple.
The site guarantees you’ll receive female chickens since they’re the ones that lay eggs. The egg industry is only interested in female chickens after all, so when they’re born at a hatchery, they’re checked by experts, who are quite expensive charging up to $2,000 a day. The egg-producing females are then sent to you where they will produce 1.2 trillion eggs right in your backyard.
Most of the males are killed, unfortunately, which is known as chicken culling. This process is responsible for the deaths of seven billion chickens per year, which is quite an outstanding amount of chickens to think about.
Science to the Rescue!
That’s where Yehuda Elram comes in. This Israeli entrepreneur is the grandson of chicken farmers, so he’s very aware of a problem most of us ignore. The reason we don’t know about it, is that the industry is ashamed of it. However, awareness for these issues of animal welfare is on the rise, so the topic has become quite a big deal.
Elram, who’s a Harvard graduate, knew there had to be a solution to this problem, and that’s exactly what he found in the laboratory of Professor Daniel Offen, a neuroscientist at Tel Aviv University.
Dr. Offen came up with this incredible idea: What if you could tell if a chick was going to be male or female before it hatched? It would prevent the death of billions of chickens a year, so it was definitely worth looking into.
The chromosomes that determine if a fertile egg will become female or male are all inside the egg, meaning there’s a wealth of information right from the moment the egg is laid. The problem is that you can’t actually observe chromosomes.
Elram and Offen’s solution to this issue was to use gene editing to tweak the DNA ever so slightly and create a binary solution to mark male chicks inside the egg and leave female chicks unmarked. The use of a special scanner then allows them to know the sex of the chick.
Now that we have this information, the male eggs can be used for food and other industries, such as the cosmetic industry, and prevent them from being born and then killed without a reason.
Elram and Offen have launched a startup called eggXYt (pronounced “exit”), to introduce this exciting technology that will revolutionize an entire industry. Elram predicts their tech will hit the market within two years, which is great news.
This startup is one of the many Israeli startups at the forefront of the food technology industry. There are many companies working on fixing many different issues, from making veggies last longer to enriching our pizza with Cannabis.
It’s an exciting time for the food industry, and the limits of what can be done not just to improve our food, but to prevent the unnecessary suffering of animals, have not been reached.
It’s undeniable that EggXYt is a game changer, making compassion and animal welfare benefits a priority, which is what the people want.
Once your eyes are opened to the way animals are treated for food, there’s no way you can sit by and watch as it continues to happen. What’s great about technology is that we can use it to solve these problems without having to demand for the whole world to adopt a plant-based diet.
When people are made aware of the issues that plague the animal industry, they will demand for change, and the industry must comply. Which is where technology steps in not only to make our lives a bit easier, but also to change things for the better for the animals that provide the food we need.