Vegan Egg Launches In Japan – The World's Second Largest Consumer Of Eggs The vegan egg is among the first in Japan - Media Credit: Adobe. Do not use without permission.

Vegan Egg Launches In Japan – The World’s Second Largest Consumer Of Eggs

The vegan 'Next Egg 1.0' was created to offer consumers a sustainable alternative to eggs

By

2 Minutes Read

Japanese food tech Next Meats has successfully developed a vegan egg. The company says its plant-based option is better for the environment than animal-derived eggs.

Called Next Egg 1.0, the product will join Next Meats’ existing vegan range, which includes chicken and burgers as well as yakiniku and gyudon meat.

Next Egg 1.0 will launch through Japan’s B2B channels, whereby businesses will be able to purchase the it directly. Then it will become available to consumers in Japan and eventually offered in other countries, too.

The launch is especially significant given that Japan is the second-largest consumer of eggs worldwide, after Mexico.

Ryo Shirai is the CEO of Next Meats. Shirai says the company hopes its plant-based egg will raise awareness of the ‘issues that surround egg production‘.

In a press release, the company explained that ‘the environmental and ethical problems of the production process are not widely known by consumers in [Japan]’.

Environmental impact of eggs

According to the 2021 book Environmental Impact of Agro-Food Industry and Food Consumption, more than 70 million tonnes of eggs are produced every year.

Sustainability-focused website Green Eatz collected data from the Environmental Working Group’s Meat Eater’s Guide as well as the EPA’s Guide to Passenger Vehicle Emissions. It found that meat, cheese, and eggs have the highest carbon footprints compared to other foods.

The production of one kilo of eggs generates 4.83 kilograms of CO2 equivalent – the same as driving 11 miles.

Meanwhile, plant-based foods like nuts, tofu, and lentils produce 2.3, 2.0, and 0.9 kilograms of CO2 respectively.

Egg production can also contaminate water and soil.

Egg facilities generally produce more manure than the surrounding land can absorb. The manure contains nitrogen and phosphorous. When it enters groundwater or surface water supplies, it can contaminate drinking water and harm marine life.

Further, local communities living near to a chicken facility can develop respiratory problems. Hen houses often use industrial fans to blow air pollutants like ammonia, as well as fecal matter, out of the facility.

Millions around the world trust Plant Based News for content about navigating our changing planet & our role in it.

Our independent team of journalists and experts are committed to making an impact through a wide range of content—and you can help by supporting our work today.

heading/author

The Author

Jemima Webber

Jemima is the Head of Editorial of Plant Based News. Aside from writing about climate and animal rights issues, she studies psychology in Newcastle, Australia (where she was born).

More by Jemima Webber iconography/arrow-right

heading/comments

Leave a Comment

Plant Based News Comment Policy

In short:- If you act with maturity and consideration for other users, you should have no problems. Please read our Comment policy before commenting.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest

3 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Nee
Nee
1 year ago

I have been a full vegan for over 9 months and so just love the food and now Japan have made a vegan egg. It’s just getting better every day.

Darrell Sawczuk
Darrell Sawczuk
1 year ago
Reply to  Nee

It really is getting better and easier to be vegan!

VIVIENNE BEN-SHIR
VIVIENNE BEN-SHIR
1 year ago

All the others are disgusting so let’s hope this one’s better.

buttons/scroll-to-top/scroll-to-top-small-active
3
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x