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Organic Egg Through Nanotechnology

This organic egg promotes growth, restores vitality and helps keeps us away from diseases.

Eggs are an essential and versatile ingredient for many baked goods, a key ingredient to so many delicious and nutritious dishes, and of course, great for breakfast.

But nowadays, people are now nary chicken eggs in the market open grass) like becoming conscious about the food they eat. Maybe this is why there were an increasing number of folks claiming to have organically grown eggs. They also believe that it is healthier to eat organic eggs than to have ordinary chicken eggs in the market because organic ones come from chickens that are treated with hormones (antibiotic free) and so our body should be safe from chemicals.

Organic egg, they said, is from free range chicken (raised on open grass) like native chicken.

They eat seed, grains, grass and other plants…unlike the commercial chickens fed with feeds made up of animal and fish byproducts which cause that fishy taste in their eggs. But these are not always true.

We met Engr. Walther B. Alvarez, one of the exhibitors in the INAHGEN 2010,  The Farmer’s Congress held recently. He is using his technology to produce organic eggs even from caged chickens that are fed with commercial feeds but are still low in cholesterol and high in protein. This Filipino Engineer owe this to his amazing feed powder mix which he developed to improve the immune system and enhance the performance of animals offering solution to various health problems of the country’s poultry and swine industries.

Called “Atovi,” this egg is a product of nanotechnology was applied by Engr. Alvarez, a management and industrial engineering graduate of the Mapua Institute of Technology.

Nanotechnology is a process that involves altering the molecular structure of any physical matter to come out with altered behavior. A nanotech product refers to any substance that is engineered at the scale of a nanometer (one billionth of a meter), such is about three to five atoms across. By messing with atom, an engineer can alter a substance so it does new functions.

Engr. Alvarez pointed out that the additive improves the reproductive capacity of animals and reduces ammonia from waste products, Their manure is converted already into an organic fertilizer which could be applied directly to plants. According to him, in subsequenttrials and actual demonstrations, Atovi has been proven to have improved the physiological condition of any livestock and providing immediate and optimal response, absorption, conversion, stability and efficacy of the nutritive value of feed inputs and medication program.

He said the feed additive has been tested by many poultry farm owners and managers to improve the general well-being of their chicken regardless of age. It promotes growth, restores vitality and helps keeps us away from diseases. That is why the chickens are antibiotic free.

“Our farmers ought to be given opportunities to be more productive and competitive so it’s about time our product reaches them for their own advantage. Rather than seen as competitor to conventional feeds and veterinary health products, Atovi actually serves as catalyst and their partner to effective prevention and treatment of disease and stimulation of appetite,” Alvarez explained.

We have visited his office at Tunasan, Muntinlupa where he constructed a simple demo cage of 96 layers. These chickens were ready to be culled (retired) when he bought to further show the wonder of his technology. You wouldn’t know they have a small poultry within the subdivision because there is no smell of foul odor from their waste products. And it was really amazing to see this chicken regain their reproductive capacity to produce an egg everyday.

Engr Alvarez showed us the difference between commercial eggs from organic eggs they produce. Commercial eggs we usually bought from the market has watery whites and anemic egg yolks white the organic ones have perky, dark yello or almost orange egg yolks that stand tall and two distinct parts of the egg whites, the more viscous part nearer the yolk and a less viscous outer layer. Flavor is better too because it has no fishy or ( malansa taste). When boiled, organic eggs tastes like our kesong puti (white cheese) taste because of its creaminess (linamnam).

They even showed us copies of taste results of their organic eggs that has been submitted for analysis of cholesterol content to Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) which is under the Department of Science and Technology or DOST. It said that organic eggs produced by them have low cholesterol content than that of commercial eggs. Therefore, their organic eggs are better, safer and healthier for us to take.

He said we don’t have t take eggs of native chickens to have organic eggs. Ordinary chicken’ fed with Atovi treated feeds or water, could also produce organic eggs. Besides nowadays, we can never be sure of the food this free ranged chicken and native chicken gets from the backyard. So be sure, always give them “Atovi,” he said.

To know more about organic eggs, contact 09159327374.

By Annie M. Bernardino