by Chris Black
Yeah, why can’t we just feed the chickens bugs and eat the chickens and their eggs?
Why do we have to eat the bugs?
Someone needs to ask Bill Gates about this.
Chickens eat bugs, and we eat chicken and their eggs.
Bill Gates wants us to eat fake meat and fake eggs.
But he wants us to eat real bugs- like chickens do.
— Cari Kelemen (@KelemenCari) January 22, 2023
Now that Bill Gates is sitting on all the eggs, he's got the Express to publish this load of baloney. t.co/yP8lFvGuCF
— Shaman of Avalon (@Annie_DLV) January 23, 2023
2013: Bill Gates invests plant-based eggs, poultry, and meat
2021: Bill Gates becomes the largest private farmland owner in the US
2021-2023: Mass chicken and egg shortages hit American farms
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) January 22, 2023
US Customs and Border Protection officials have warned Americans against trying to smuggle raw eggs or poultry over the border from Mexico, citing disease risk, as skyrocketing supermarket prices drive normally law-abiding citizens to take extreme measures.
Raw egg seizures along the Mexican border jumped 108% for the last quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021, CBP Supervisory Agriculture Specialist Charles Payne told El Paso NBC affiliate KTSM on Wednesday.
During that same three-month period in 2022, the average cost of a dozen eggs in the US soared from $3.50 to $5.30. Across the border in Juarez, a customer can get 30 eggs for $3.40, the NBC affiliate reports – a bargain, as long as one isn’t caught.
Payne warned would-be egg smugglers that they face civil penalties for trying to save on groceries, with fines for failing to declare personal-use amounts averaging about $300. While a tweet from the San Diego Field Office warned of more alarming “penalties of up to $10,000” for “failure to declare agricultural items,” Payne clarified that the heftier fines are leveled at “undeclared illegal commercial shipments.”
While near-record inflation across the US has driven up prices of all groceries, the Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service also blames Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza – a new strain of bird flu – for the price increases. They claim the disease has necessitated the slaughter of 43 million egg-laying hens in 2022 alone. Farmers are strongly encouraged to destroy their entire flocks upon mere suspicion of exposure to the virus, an infectious diseases expert told NBC, meaning millions of healthy chickens were culled as well.