Farmers in Iowa are bracing themselves for the effects of California's Proposition 12, which is set to limit the sale of pork from hogs born after Jan. 1.
California's Proposition 12 will affect the sale of pork from the offspring of hogs or pigs that were raised in spaces of less than 24 square feet, according to The Center Square. Farmers and state officials have spoken out against the law, as well as the Exposing Agricultural Trade Suppression Act.
"Several farms are remodeling their gestation barns to meet Prop 12 standards so when they come back into production they will meet the standards and hopefully get paid a bunch of extra money for doing it," said Kelvin Leibold in a statement, a specialist on farm and agribusiness management at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
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"Now the 'harvest facilities' will have to figure out how to process pigs into bacon and be able to sell the whole pig into the California market and make some money doing that as well," Leibold added.
Leibold said that while farmers try their best, it's not always possible to prevent the spread of disease among animals.
"Pigs are like people," he said. "They move around from farm to farm, they play together and they ride in various forms of transportation. So, pigs get sick."
In response to California's Proposition 12, the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation requested that the Supreme Court hear their case against the law, citing the "arbitrary" standards, according to a statement from the National Pork Producers Council.
"We're asking the Supreme Court to consider the constitutionality of one state imposing regulations that reach far outside its borders and stifle interstate and international commerce," said Jen Sorenson, the president of the National Pork Producers Council.
Sorenson added that the arbitrary standards "lack any scientific, technical, or agricultural basis, and that will only inflict harm on U.S. hog farmers."
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Under the law, California, which makes up roughly 15% of the pork industry market in the United States, the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the Department of Public Health would ensure that other states are complying with the measures.
This means that not only would the sale of pork from hogs that do not follow the measures be prohibited within California, but the sale of this pork all around the country would be banned.
The Washington Examiner reached out to the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation for a statement but did not receive a response.