New California pig law could lead to 50% price spike for pork: Producer

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Is Bacon illegal in California?

A California law taking effect Jan. 1 could make pork harder to find and more expensive. Voters in 2018 overwhelmingly approved the law, which requires more space for breeding pigs, egg-laying chickens and veal calves. KDRVBacon may disappear in California as pig rules take effect

Is California Regulating Bacon Out Of Existence?

The Federalist 02 August, 2021 - 04:48pm

New rules in California are preparing to go into effect with nationwide implications, and they’re almost certain to leave the Golden State short on pork until producers adapt to meet higher animal welfare standards.

In 2018, California voters passed a measure requiring more space for breeding pigs, egg-laying chickens, and veal calves. But just months before the regulations are scheduled to go into effect, only 4 percent of hog operations are meeting the standard, according to a March report from the agricultural financial services group Rabobank.

“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,” the Associated Press reported on Saturday. “Pork producers will face higher costs to regain a key market.”

Pork produced anywhere not in compliance with California’s new standards will be illegal to sell in the nation’s most populous state. Absent intervention, the new rules are teeing up higher pork prices in California that will eventually make their way into grocery stores across the country, as pork producers will be forced to adapt in order to keep access to the fifth-largest economy in the world. Less than 20 percent of pork consumed in California comes from California farms, according to the AP reporting on data from Rabobank.

California Republican Rep. Devon Mathis, who has served as the vice-chair of the Assembly Agriculture Committee for six years, told The Federalist he sees no action on the horizon among state regulators but said the new rules barring pork on the market from other states could violate the Commerce Clause.

Meanwhile, the new regulations fought for by self-proclaimed animal rights advocates, Mathis said, exacerbates food insecurity with shortages of and higher prices for a primary protein.

“In reality, people are out there starving and you need to have a diversified portfolio for protein intake,” Mathis told The Federalist. “Picking favorites doesn’t help anybody and it doesn’t help the fact that we have food insecurities.”

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Mathis said he wants voters to be more cognizant of who they give their money to when they donate to animal groups.

“Most people out there think the humane society is out there to make sure dogs and cats have humane animal shelters, not that they’re taking bacon off the menu,” Mathis told The Federalist.

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New rules in California are preparing to go into effect with nationwide implications, and they’re almost certain to leave the Golden State short on pork.

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Bacon May Be Done in California Due to New Animal Welfare Law

InsideHook 02 August, 2021 - 10:51am

California’s new rule, which also applies to national veal and egg producers, requires more space for breeding pigs, chickens and calves, although the state hasn’t issued formal regulations on how the new standards will be enforced yet.

Producers who supply the state with eggs and veal say they should be able to comply with the new law at a large enough scale to meet California’s demand for their products, but pork producers, many of whom are located in Iowa, are worried about being able to meet the standards to continue to legally supply the Golden State with bacon, sausage, ham and other pork products. Californians currently consume roughly 15% of all pork produced in the country.

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

It is possible that the courts intervene or the state temporarily allows non-compliant meat to be sold, but only 4% of pork producers comply with the new rules as of now, per The Associated Press. Per one estimate, pork producers will have to pony up about 15% more per animal for a farm with 1,000 breeding pigs in order to meet the new standard.

Lawsuits attempting to overturn the new requirements have been filed by a coalition of California restaurants, business groups and members of the pork industry, but courts have supported the law thus far.

“Why are pork producers constantly trying to overturn laws relating to cruelty to animals?” Josh Balk, the head of farm animal protection efforts at the Humane Society of the United States, said. “It says something about the pork industry when it seems its business operandi is to lose at the ballot when they try to defend the practices and then when animal cruelty laws are passed, to try to overturn them.”

The new animal welfare rules, which also create a challenge for slaughterhouses, could become a national standard at some point, but the expected jump in pork prices should be confined to California, for now.

“It is important to note that the law itself cannot be changed by regulations and the law has been in place since the Farm Animal Confinement Proposition (Prop 12) passed by a wide margin in 2018,” the California Department of Food and Agriculture said in response to questions from The AP.

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Spirit Airlines slammed by day two of cancellations and delays as ‘perfect storm’ bites

New York Magazine 02 August, 2021 - 10:31am

Hundreds of travelers in Broward County and beyond were stranded on Monday after Spirit Airlines cancelled over 250 flights nationwide.

Spirit spokesman Erik Hofmeyer blamed cancellations and delays on weather and “other operational challenges.” The airline did not respond to requests for comment Monday.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport reported 74 flight cancellations Monday, 68 of which were from Spirit Airlines, according to flight tracking service FlightAware.com. On Sunday, Spirit accounted for 34 of 37 cancellations at the airport.

Crowds of frustrated travelers camped out on the floor near the Spirit terminal Monday afternoon.

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Some families played card games and rested on the floor to pass the time. Others angrily confronted Spirit employees about the ongoing delays and cancellations.

Marissa Kingham has spent the past two days unsuccessfully trying to get her 15-year-old son back home from Philadelphia. After visiting family friends, he was supposed fly back to Fort Lauderdale on Sunday night, but was unable to after the cancellations.

She rescheduled his flight for Monday night, but with that being Spirit’s last flight back to Fort Lauderdale, she’s worried more cancellations could potentially leave the 15-year-old stranded by himself at airport over 1,000 miles away.

“It’s just scary because they’ve already cancelled so many today,” Kingham said. “I don’t know what I’m supposed to do at this point. Do I hold out hope that Spirit’s going to keep flying? I don’t know.”

Orlando International Airport saw a similar scene; 56 of the airport’s 62 cancellations Monday were Spirit flights. On Sunday, they made up 36 out of 60 cancellations; more than any other airline.

“I think the question of why it’s happening is a combination of weather with afternoon storms and lightning; airline staffs are reduced by COVID not just here but across the nation and you’ve got a huge spike in travel,” said Carolyn Fennell, Orlando airport spokeswoman. “It’s all of that, a perfect storm.”

People also reported hours-long delays for Spirit flights. Travelers said they had been at the airport for many hours as Spirit employees told them flights were delayed; 17 hours in one case. Some travelers reported these delays were affecting flights in and out of airports in other states as well.

In Fort Lauderdale, Spirit had 20 flights delayed out of the airport’s 63 total delays around noon.

After spending the weekend in Miami, James Rodriguez, 21, his brother and two cousins were heading home to Atlanta when their Spirit flight was canceled.

They arrived at the airport around 7 a.m. Monday for their 9 a.m. flight to discover the flight was no longer taking off. While the airline offered to reschedule the flight for Aug. 4, they ultimately decided to rent a car and drive home to Atlanta.

At around 1:30 p.m., the group sat away from the crowds eating free food vouchers offered by the airline. Rodriguez’s main takeaway? “Don’t fly Spirit, spend the extra $50 on American Airlines.”

Cancellations and delays had people airing frustration and exhaustion on social media.

“Update, been here in line almost 7 hrs. I’m tired, hungry, hot and I’m finally close to the front. @SpiritAirlines No comment on what’s going,” Aysha Becerra tweeted.

“@SpiritAirlines had the flight from fll>dtw Spirit rebooked for me canceled yesterday. The standby flight we were supposed to be on was also canceled. Got a hotel last night after the second cancelled flight, 30+ hours on the floor was long enough. We want to go home,” another Twitter user tweeted.

A spokeswoman for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport referred questions about the cancellations to the airline.

“We’re working around the clock to get back on track in the wake of some travel disruptions over the weekend due to a series of weather and operational challenges,” Field Sutton, a Spirit spokesman, told the Orlando Sentinel.

“We needed to make proactive cancellations to some flights across the network, but the majority of flights are still scheduled as planned,” Sutton said.

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