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Episode 7 - Sunny Side Up

Caged, barn laid, free-range, organic - when did buying eggs become so confusing? Today’s guest could speak about eggs for hours but she didn’t always want to take on the family business. Now, at 29 years old, tired of trespassers and vandalism, Danyel Cucinotta has opened the farm gates using virtual reality and an on-site deli to reveal the truth about eggs.

Today we speak with Danyel Cucinotta and discuss:

  • Danyel was born into a family whose main business is cage laid eggs and she explains what that means.

  • The misconceptions about the caged egg industry and Danyel shares her current views around what she does.

  • The benefits of caged eggs - more nutritional eggs, lowers fear and injury on the hens and does it all with a smaller environmental impact.

  • At age 28, Danyel was appointed the Vice President of the Victorian Farmers Federation – the youngest to take on that role and the first caged egg producer.

  • Her role in changing the Trespassing Laws and protecting the future of farming.

  • Danyel’s role in education and building a VR egg tour and the online information sessions called ‘farmer time’.

  • Instead of shutting the farm gate to scrutiny, Danyel has done the opposite – she now has an on-farm deli and fresh food outlet.

  • The choice to be the last commercial white egg producer in Australia and the choice not sell to supermarkets.

  • The future for Danyel Cucinotta.

We hope to see you back on the road soon, to learn more about how Australia grows on the next episode of Australian Farmers with Angie Asimus.



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