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Monday, April 1, 2013

Peak eggs debunked

The Easter Egg hunt seems to be a source of plenty of insights about the global petroleum situation. On this subject, see also my Easter post of last year. Image above from "bitrebels".

April 1st 2013.
from Cassandra's Legacy

Today, a press release from the egg industry commented on the traditional egg hunt of this year's Easter, denying that "peak eggs" took place last year.
"Eggs are still abundant," maintains the industry's press release, "and the new technology of egg fracking is creating a "new age of eggs" that will last decades". The press release adds that the concept of "peak eggs" is only the result of fear mongering on the part of a small group of pseudo-experts who have been shown to be in error many times in the past.

Sources close to the Easter Bunny also answered to a number of questions, specifying that, yes, it is true that it was sometimes more difficult for children to collect fracked eggs from the ground; but that should not detract from the advantages that the new technology is bringing to us.

The same sources also stated that the worries of some environmentalists about the consumption of fracked eggs are misplaced. The industry won't disclose the chemicals used in egg-fracking, but maintains that the results of the process are totally safe for human consumption; adding that the blue color (sometimes green) of the yolk is wholly natural. Also, the fact that fracked eggs have been sometimes observed to spontaneously catch fire should be seen as a bonus in terms of easing the preparation of omelets.

According to industrial sources, fracking methods show great promise in the creation of new foodstuff and will soon be extended to new fields. Fracked chicken, for instance, shows promise for the burger industry and tests are in progress.   


  1. I almost hated to post the first comment just below this post because the very nice words "NO COMMENTS" appeared, (until I posted this comment and spoiled the whole layout) only excuse being that given the past history of this spot on the page probably NO COMMENTS should from the outset have yielded to the much simpler and better understood NO COMMENT.

    But since on second thought I thought that NO COMMENT was a bit ambiguous I thought I may as well stick my neck out and make some sort of a comment after all.

    So I asked the Easter Bunny what my comment should be but it didn't say much and just wagged his ears, first to one side and then to the other.

    But I am not dumb and I quickly understood the bunny's coded message and that what the bunny really meant to suggest was that I ask what is the caloric difference and also the difference in the EROEI between a fracked egg, a fried egg (over easy) or scrambled eggs? And between fracked eggs from Saudi Arabia and those from the Bakken.

    And that as a follow up (denoted by the bunny wagging his ears to the right) I also should ask why on earth (or even on Mars) the author thinks that a fracked egg would have more chemicals in it than a regular old fashioned scrambled egg?

    And if he can't give me a precise and unequivocal answer, than why is he tacitly slandering and trying to undermine the new otherwise very promising egg-fracking industry before it even has a chance to get off the ground?

    And finally I also would like to ask whether the Chairman (no Chairladies need apply) of Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Shell and BP will henceforth all be eating only fracked eggs for their breakfasts or not?

    And what kind of cooking oil will the cook be using to fry them? And whether more or less oil (or gas) will be needed to properly cook a fracked egg than a normal one.

    After all my above questions are duly and appropriately answered I will decide whether I should start eating any fracked eggs or not along with my genetically modified bacon and sausages.

    However other than the very obvious need to better clarify these minor aspects, I thought the post was excellent and deserves an A.

    And YES the capital of Mauritius was several feet under water yesterday.

  2. Not to worry, there are is effectively an infinite supply of eggs. We will never run out. The sun will go dark before the eggs run out. But don't worry--we'll use egg powered space ships to find a new star to circle long before that happens.

    Either that, or the brilliant scientists and hungry VCs of Silicon Valley are hard at work on an alternative to eggs, which is better in all respects. And doesn't pollute! In fact a neighbor's friend's cousin's girlfriend heard about a demo and they may already have the technology working in a security lab on the Google campus. Or was it Apple?

    Anyhow, don't worry, we've never run out of eggs so far, so why should we expect it to happen in the future? Quit being such a downer and go watch some TV.

  3. Of course eggs are abiotic. They have been created in immense amounts during the early phases of accretion of the primordial chicken. It is enough to dig deeper into the chicken, and they are effectively infinite

  4. Just as the Stone Age did not end "because" we ran out of stones,

    The Age of Man did not end "because" we ran out of people (sapient ones).

    We ran out of bees (and birds and bunny eggs) first.

  5. Funnily enough, the Earth continues to be in short supply of eggs for the second year in a row, although the shortage has been displaced to countries other than the Western ones...

  6. Those must be the lower Eggs of Gatsby's Great Long Island old sport.

    The upper Eggs are all and always well supplied.

    Cheery Oh.

  7. Eggs, as any healthy-eating enthusiast knows, are high in cholesterol. Therefore, as the population becomes more health-conscious, demand for eggs is bound to decreae faster than supply.



Ugo Bardi is a member of the Club of Rome, faculty member of the University of Florence, and the author of "Extracted" (Chelsea Green 2014), "The Seneca Effect" (Springer 2017), and Before the Collapse (Springer 2019)