Bacon May Disappear in California as Pig Rules Take Effect

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Thanks to a reworked menu and long hours, Jeannie Kim managed to keep her San Francisco restaurant alive during the coronavirus pandemic.

That makes it all the more frustrating that she fears her breakfast-focused diner could be ruined within months by new rules that could make one of her top menu items — bacon — hard to get in California.

“Our number one seller is bacon, eggs and hash browns,” said Kim, who for 15 years has run SAMS American Eatery on the city’s busy Market Street. “It could be devastating for us.”

At the beginning of next year, California will begin enforcing an animal welfare proposition approved overwhelmingly by voters in 2018 that requires more space for breeding pigs, egg-laying chickens and veal calves. National veal and egg producers are optimistic they can meet the new standards, but only 4% of hog operations now comply with the new rules. Unless the courts intervene or the state temporarily allows non-compliant meat to be sold in the state, California will lose almost all of its pork supply, much of which comes from Iowa, and pork producers will face higher costs to regain a key market.

Animal welfare organizations for years have been pushing for more humane treatment of farm animals but the California rules could be a rare case of consumers clearly paying a price for their beliefs.

With little time left to build new facilities, inseminate sows and process the offspring by January, it’s hard to see how the pork industry can adequately supply California, which consumes roughly 15% of all pork produced in the country.

“We are very concerned about the potential supply impacts and therefore cost increases,” said Matt Sutton, the public policy director for the California Restaurant Association.

California’s restaurants and groceries use about 255 million pounds of pork a month, but its farms produce only 45 million pounds, according to Rabobank, a global food and agriculture financial services company.

My sister has two pig nurseries. Modern techniques keep food and water available and the nurseries are kept clean by design. My sister is kind to her pigs as she moves from one pen to another in the nursery. Because she gives them attention they play with her. When her pigs are transferred to a finishing farm she's been told that folks always know when the pigs are from my sister's farm because those are the only ones that crowd around a person when they enter the area.

California's foolish decisions will likely have a negative effect on many even outside of the state.


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They aren't worthy of bacon, ribs, and bbq anyway. Let them eat kale.
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Some don't want any of us eating meat, so they're doing everything possible to make meat scarce.
This is actully a fulfilment of one of the the very small end time signs...

1 Timothy 4:3-4:

Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving.

Ghoti Ichthus

Pray so they do not serve alone. Ephesians 6:10-20
My first thought when I (just now) saw the title of the thread was sharia in California :cry

Regardless of the reason, more BACON and other pork products for the rest of us :bouncies

Hey, Iowa (and Missouri) farmers, Minnesota and Wisconsin are a lot closer and cheaper to ship to than California :biggrin

Price paid to the farmers remaining the same plus lower shipping costs (should) equal lower prices at the grocery :dance2

Truckers won't have the wear-and-tear on trucks and reefers going over the mountains, so win for them, too. Those living in Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas could be home most nights, because daily driving would be more localized, so more win for them and their families :dance2

The truck stops, tow trucks, and other infrastructure between the midwest and California will lose, though :cry
And produce prices will go up here because the empty pork reefers won't be available to come this way with produce on the return trip :cry

I'm sure a lot of us will be happy to help make up the lost pork market, since everything is so ridiculously expensive here :smile

:pray :pray :amen :amen

Ghoti Ichthus

Pray so they do not serve alone. Ephesians 6:10-20
Stores in Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona will make a killing, as will the gas stations along the way. Bootleg BACON! :lol

So much for a glut of BACON here [sigh]

But produce will still be higher because the reefer trucks will have to dead-head into California to pick up produce :cry