Human progress actually severed the link between producing food and consuming it. The modern food market is based on a complex chain of intermediaries responsible for supplying food from the field to the table. Aside from the comfort of buying food at the supermarket, purchasing food is characterized by high prices, poor quality and environmental damage. The security of the food supply chain also depends on many factors along the way: a hitch in the chain (growth, gathering, transportation, processing, distribution and sale) might drastically affect food availability and especially its price.
The “Hallelujah Eggs” project turns organic waste into free range eggs – local, high-quality protein from animal sources. Students at the “Ayanot” agricultural youth village near Ness Ziona learned why they should separate organic waste and treat it locally – and we established an operational area for consuming leftovers by free-range chickens. A ton and a half of organic waste is transported by students to the coop each week. Here it mixed with a half a ton of wood chips in large compost piles that are not accessible to the chickens. The waste undergoes composting for a month, and attracts insects and worms. At this point we allow free access to the chickens, and they root around in the pile and pick out the remnants of undigested food, insects and worms. The chickens – that are not fed with non-sustainable imported grain – lay local free-range eggs, and thus turn organic garbage into protein-rich food.