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You may not have heard about Prop 12, the latest crackpot measure approved by voters in California, given the wild fires and mass shooting dominating the news from the Golden State. But you will before long. Check out the rapid response to the latest ballot measure backed by California’s cage-free caucus on the Farm Journal website.
California consumers will likely experience an unnecessary increase in food prices and a decrease in consumer options now that Proposition 12, a ballot measure that requires more housing space for certain hens, breeding pigs and calves raised for veal, has passed in their state, says Jim Monroe, senior director of public relations with the National Pork Producers Council.
Out-of-state producers will also need to meet the new “cage-free” production standards to sell their goods in the Golden State, which has a population of 39.5 million people. These state mandates – without any scientific justification or benefit to the states or its citizens – are dictating how producers in other states raise their animals.