Do eggs in Canada contain antibiotics? How come some egg shells are more brittle than others? Canadians have questions about their food, and most don’t know where to turn to for answers. Canada is one of the most urbanized nations on Earth, so few Canadians still have any personal attachments to someone who farms.

Tammy Wallace used to have just the vaguest ideas about how the eggs she bought were produced. But now, whenever the communications specialist and mother of two from Sussex, New Brunswick has a food production question, she turns to her go-to farmer source, Aaron Law, an egg producer from Kars, New Brunswick, for answers. The two have never met in person, but she’s come to know him and trust him through their Facebook contact.

“You can Google search anything, but you really don’t know if what you find is truly correct,” Wallace says. “You’re just not sure, as a consumer, if it’s just advertising or overkill. So I reached out to Aaron through Facebook Messenger, and he gave me lots of information, and I appreciate that so much. He’s become my Ann Landers. My questions may seem basic, but when you’re trying to feed your family in a different, healthier way, the answers are not always that obvious.”

Law believes it’s up to farmers to try to change that. He’s a keen advocate for the egg industry on Facebook and Instagram, and through his blog, The Empowered Farmer. He’s eager to share his knowledge when people like Wallace reach out to him and is happy to give tours of their state-of-the-art layer barn whenever visitors come to his farm.

Most consumers have very little idea about how the food they eat every day is consumed so Law passionately believes that it’s important for producers to educate consumers through social media.

“It’s a passion of mine to help educate and entertain consumers, so they’re more aware of where their food comes from,” Law says. “Social media is the best platform today to do that. I also  believe in inspiring people to live better versions of themselves. I offer insight from my business and life experience, both wins and losses.”

All this takes time out of his busy day, but he feels it’s essential for farmers to engage with consumers to help them understand how their food is really produced. He doesn’t shy away from debunking false information about food safety and animal welfare.

So while 90 percent of the functions in their layer barn are automated, and can be monitored by phone from anywhere in the world that has Internet access, that doesn’t remove the human element of caring for animals.

“It’s very important to us on this farm and for our industry to provide the best environment possible for the hens under our care,” Law says. “It makes no sense to me personally to house our hens in an environment where they’re not thriving. That’s why, despite the added cost, we installed an enriched housing system in our barn. We supply them with optimal, nutritionally superior food. Their nutrition is better managed then my nutrition at times. We’re just accountable to ourselves to produce eggs at a very high-quality level and quality environment for the hens under our care.”

So, do eggs in Canada contain antibiotics? — No, the Canadian Food Inspection agency regulations prevent antibiotics from being used in laying hens in Canada. Eggs are antibiotic free. American eggs do not contain antibiotic residues; all organic eggs in the U.S. are required to meet the antibiotic-free standards by regulations. The brittleness of an egg’s shell is a function of the hen’s age.

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