California law could devastate pork

Jen Sorenson

If California’s Proposition 12 law is allowed to go into effect, the cost and impact on the U.S. pork supply would be astronomical, according to a study published last month by Christine McCracken, a senior animal protein analyst at Rabobank. 

Prop 12 mandates how livestock, no matter their origin, must be raised for their meat to be sold in California. 

Both the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) have opposed the new law in federal court, hoping to prevent it from being put in place on Jan. 1, 2022. Arguments in the...

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