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Humans should eat eggs.

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Started: 10/10/2015 Category: Philosophy
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The last debate I had on this topic did not go as planned, so I'd like to do it again with a different opponent, preferably one that provide sufficient argument.

This premise of this debate is that eggs laid by hens should be eaten by humans, I will be taking the CON position.

Feel free to argue on any basis, good luck.


I accept. Arguments will be in the next round.
Debate Round No. 1



[1]Eggs are an extreme source of cholestorol, one large (50g) egg contains 187mg of cholestorol, which is already 62% of maximum daily intake. Keep in mind that there is no need to injest cholestorol at all, so any intake is unnecessary.

[2] This study found that "Men who consumed 2.5 or more eggs per week had an 81% increased risk of lethal prostate cancer compared with men who consumed less than 0.5 eggs per week". It drove to the conclusion that "consumption of eggs may increase risk of developing a lethal form of prostate cancer among healthy men." This may very well be because of the choline content in eggs.

Eggs are a very high source of methionine, which is [3] "an essential amino acid with many key roles in mammalian metabolism such as protein synthesis, methylation of DNA and polyamine synthesis.". Though it may be essential to some degree, there is very clear evidence of the correlation of methionine and cancer, the study found that "Restriction of methionine may be an important strategy in cancer growth control particularly in cancers that exhibit dependence on methionine for survival and proliferation.".

[4] This study used information from 2849 adults and found that "egg consumption was significantly and positively associated with diabetes risk". The study was adjusted for age, total calorie intake, education, smoking, family history of diabetes, and sedentary activity.

Eggs are really nothing special. Everything "good" in an egg can be found in other sources, which do not have the same moral or health drawbacks. [1] They are not a particularly good source of protein, having 6 grams, and their vitamin B-12 content is only about 10% of daily intake per egg.



[9] Even just one pound (about half a kilogram) of eggs takes 477 gallons of water to produce. Protein from eggs seems to be a popular reasons for eating them, so "High-protein foods, such as beans and tofu, require much less water than meat. A California Water Education Foundation study found that one gallon of tofu requires 219 gallons of water per pound.". [10] One cup of tofu also contains 20 grams of protein, [1] compared to 17 grams in eggs.


Battery Farming - Space
[5] In countries with legislation regarding battery farms, floor space for these cages range upwards from 300cm² per bird. EU standards from 2003 say that each bird should have at least 550cm² bird per and in the US the recommendation is 430 to 560 cm2 per bird. Keep in mind that the size of an A4 sheet of paper is only 624cm2, these means that all the cage sizes I specified before, as well as many others, provide less space for a chicken than a piece of A4 paper. When turning, hens use 540 to 1006cm2, when stretching their wings, they use 653 to 1118cm2 and when preening* they use 814 to 1240cm2. These numbers taken into account, we can see that the basic functions of a chicken are hindered to an extreme extent. In these conditions, it is easy to see why chickens can become violent in these conditions, which brings me on to my next point...

*Preening is the term used for when a hen is grooming herself.

Battery Farming - Debeaking
[6] Because chickens are put in such extreme circumstances, they become violent and aggressive. To ensure to chickens do not kill each other, their beaks are partially trimmed off. This is done usually by hot blade, cold blade, electrical (the bio-beaker) or infrared. The procedure is usually done without any kind of pain relief when the chicks are very young. "The beak is a complex, functional organ with an extensive nervous supply including nocieptors that sense pain and noxious stimuli. These would almost certainly be stimulated during beak trimming, indicating strongly that acute pain would be experienced". "Severe beak trimming, or beak trimming birds at an older age, may cause chronic pain".

Male Chicks
[7] Since male chicks are not able to produce eggs, they are often deemed worthless by the industry. Because of this they are mass slaughtered, often while still fully conscious. This is usually done by "Maceration, using a large high-speed grinder into which the live chicks are fed. Gases or gas mixtures, often carbon dioxide is used to induce unconsciousness and then death., cervical dislocation (breaking the neck), electrocution, a new method that has been touted as being cheap, reliable, and humane by its developers or suffocation in plastic bags.".

Cage Free & Free Range Eggs
[8] Though "Cage Free" eggs are often advertised as healthy and humane, this is not the case. Practices like chick culling and debeaking, as well as mistreatment of the birds still occur regularly.

From the points I have adressed above I think it is clear that humans should not be eating eggs. Egg consumption supports cruelty on a large scale and is a detriment to our health and the environment.

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Debate Round No. 2


My opponent has forfeited... and deleted his account? I guess I win then?


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