May, 2014: Michigan Egg Month

WHEREAS, as the weather heats up and outside activities pick up, Michiganders can increase their intake of the sunshine vitamin even more by eating all-natural foods, like eggs, which are one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D; and,

WHEREAS, as a top ten egg producing state in the country, Michigan eggs contribute millions to the state’s economy, thereby making it a vibrant industry year-round; and,

WHEREAS, the eight commercial laying operations in Michigan raise over 13 million hens, producing 293 million dozen eggs annually or 3.5 billion eggs. This is the equivalent of 357 eggs for each of the residents of Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan’s egg laying operations serve your local grocer, large restaurants, the local diner and the food service industry with liquid eggs. Michigan egg producers supply all eggs to McDonalds restaurants east of the Mississippi and a few states west of the Mississippi; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan Egg Month is a time to acknowledge and recognize that eggs are naturally a great source of protein with 6 grams of protein per egg and only 70 calories, packing in 13 essential vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein and antioxidants.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2014 as Michigan Egg Month.