Bacon may be missing in California as a new welfare law takes effect: AP
- A new California law could make bacon harder to find and more expensive to buy, the AP reported.
- It was approved by voters in 2018, but now concerns are growing about its potential impact.
- The law requires more space for breeding pigs and whales and will take effect next January.
Changes in animal welfare laws could make bacon harder to find and more expensive to buy, reports say.
Early next year, California will implement a welfare proposal that voters approved in 2018. The Farm Animal Confinement Proposal requires more space for breeding pigs, laying hens and whale calves.
The idea is that all these animals should have enough space to spread their wings, claws and claws, as reported by insider Hillary Brooke. Welfare campaigners have been pushing for change for years.
Back in 2018, Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Human Society of America, said in a statement: Are. “
Between now and January, the courts or the state may try to intervene. But if they don’t, California is expected to cut off almost all of its pork supply, and pork producers will have to pay a higher price.
Once new facilities are needed and time is needed to sow the seeds, it is unlikely that California will be able to supply pork, according to the AP.
Matt Sutton, public policy director at the California Restaurant Association, told the AP: “We are very concerned about the potential impact of the supply and the consequent cost overruns.
Jenny Kim, owner of a San Francisco restaurant, also told the AP: “Our number one seller is bacon, eggs and hash browns. It can be devastating for us.”
The outlet reported that California restaurants and grocery stores consume about 25,255 million pounds of pork each month, but its farms produce only 45 million pounds.
To fill the gap, the National Pork Producers Council asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for federal services to help pay for the reconstruction of pig facilities. But they did not comply because California has not yet issued formal regulations on how to implement the new AP standards.
As insider Anna Koban reports, bacon costs are already rising – now 13 percent higher than last year, apparently due to a shortage of supplies and rising costs of pig feed. ۔ According to BLS data, bacon prices rose 1.8 percent between April and May, although it was a slower increase from March to April, when bacon prices rose 3.4 percent.