The Great California Bacon Crisis – thank the voters

California will suffer a shortage of bacon and other pork cuts, with significantly higher prices. Thank the voters of California for voting “yes” to prop 12 for mandating hogs get bigger digs. Not only pork raised in California are involved but the sale of any pork sold that is raised in or outside the State are included. The courts have upheld the proposition.

The minimum space for sows is 24 sq. ft. In Iowa and other hog-producing states, breeding sows are typically kept in gestation crates of about 14 sq. ft.


Larry Elder thinks he is going to become Governor, be successful in bringing about change, dealing with the inability of the electorate to see any cause and effect? I say let California do without the piggies. Why should other states be impacted by the requirements of California. They impacted the price of our cars, enough with our food supply,


California Proposition 12, the Farm Animal Confinement Initiative, was on the ballot in California as an initiated state statute on November 6, 2018.[1] The measure was approved.

yes vote supported this initiative to:

  • establish minimum space requirements based on square feet for calves raised for veal, breeding pigs, and egg-laying hens and
  • ban the sale of (a) veal from calves, (b) pork from breeding pigs, and (c) eggs from hens when the animals are confined to areas below minimum square-feet requirements.
no vote opposed this initiative, thus:

  • keeping in place minimum space requirements based on animal movement—not square feet—for calves raised for veal, breeding pigs, and egg-laying hens and
  • continuing to ban the sale of shelled eggs from hens—but not liquid eggs from hens, veal from calves, or pork from breeding pigs—that are confined to areas not meeting space requirements based on animal movement standards.

Fiscal impact

Note: The fiscal impact statement for a California ballot initiative authorized for circulation is prepared by the state’s legislative analyst and director of finance.

The fiscal impact statement was as follows:[23]

Potential decrease in state and local tax revenues from farm businesses, likely not to exceed the low millions of dollars annually. Potential state costs ranging up to ten million dollars annually to enforce the measure.[24]

Due to a number of restrictions in the state, nearly all of the hog producers moved out of California despite the high demand for pork products.

“California is by far the largest state in the country, representing 13% of the U.S. population and about 15% of the domestic pork market,” said Michael Formica, assistant vice president and general counsel for the National Pork Producers Council. “It takes 750,000 sows to supply the California market yet only 1,500 sows are housed in the state. Most of the pork consumed in California is produced in other states.”

With the approval of Proposition 12 in November of 2018, California voters approved a ballot measure changing production standards again, this time not just for the few remaining sow operations in the state, but for pork sold in the state. The proposition prohibits the sale of any uncooked pork in the state not meeting the new set of production standards spelled out in Proposition 12, whether raised there or outside its borders. With a compliance deadline of Jan. 1, 2022, less than 1% of U.S. pork production currently meets Proposition 12 requirements.

“The most important thing to know about Prop 12 is the residents of California were asked a simple question: ‘Do you think farm animals should be protected from cruel treatment?’” Formica said. “That is a yes or no question and, of course, everyone said, ‘Yes, animals shouldn’t be treat cruelly. We agree!’ Unfortunately, California voters were misled by this question, one that failed to provide context for the high standards of animal care followed by U.S. pork producers.

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The consensus from the media?

“Eventually though, those same analysts predict the California standard could become the norm, simply by the fact that the industry can’t afford to ignore the market demand from the state.”

Other than that all is well in the swamp

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27 Responses to “The Great California Bacon Crisis – thank the voters”

  1. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    Maybe California will finally wake up and overthrow the tyrants.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Mustang Says:

      Dream on, Ed. The last awakening to occur in CA was when all those hippy anti-war groups hopped a bus for Canada. Believe me when I tell you I am “anti-war,” but at least I know what the hell I’m talking about.

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  2. Steve Dennis Says:

    My first reaction when I hear this was good, they deserve it. And they do but you know that other state’s voters are going to follow suit and eventually we will all be in the same boat. One thing most of us can agree upon is bacon is good, maybe this will be the issue that finally pushes Dem voters back to the right. 🙂 I can dream, right?

    Liked by 3 people

  3. nrringlee Says:

    Stupid is fine as long as it is self-inflicted stupid and kept in your own sand box. Life is tough. It is a lot tougher when you are stupid.

    Liked by 3 people

  4. peter3nj Says:

    Ha ha. This reminds me of the kids joke: what do the Arabs (pronounced A-tabs) eat for lunch? The sandwichisin the desert. Looks like we’re headed that way.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. peter3nj Says:

    So then those same voters being relied upon to vote for a Newsom recall voted to give those same pigs that will eat their own poop should room service be delayed some elbow room in their stys. (Or is it sties?) How long before the porcine crowd …..I can’t think of anything….🐷🐷🐷🐷🐷🐷🐷

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    • Mustang Says:

      I’m thinking they should keep Newsome and get rid of the voters. The problem with Californians abandoning the state and moving elsewhere is that they’re destroying “elsewhere” in the same way they destroyed their beautiful home state.

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  6. John Says:

    I just heard about the potential rise in bacon prices. Here, where I live they are predicting a 60% increase. That would raise the cost of a pound of nationally branded bacon to $9.60. (Nine dollars and 60 cents.) I absolutely refuse to pay that for a pound of bacon! For my money, they can throw all the hogs in a ditch and cover them over. I remember back in the 70s when they started gouging beef prices and there was a national beef boycott. They started importing cheaper beef from Australia and we were offered ostrich meat in the supermarkets. It wasn’t long before beef prices became reasonable again. Boycotts work wonders sometimes. It seems to me like somebody is always looking for ways to make life a little harder on everybody. We ship enough meat products overseas, don’t we? How about we stop shipping tons of it to nations that don’t care whether we live or die and do something to help Americans for a change?

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  7. Mustang Says:

    Right. No one wants to see animals poorly treated — that is, abused. But I have to ask, does the pig give a damn about the size of its enclosure five minutes before its throat is cut? I’m thinking, no. Neither do tomatoes care who picks them off the vine. But here’s the problem with making a cartoon character into a human-like creature — and I’m not making this up. One animal sanctuary describes pigs as follows:

    “Pigs are remarkable creatures– joyful, curious, loyal, and widely considered by animal researchers to be the most intelligent domestic animals on the planet. In tests designed to measure intelligence and problem-solving skills, pigs consistently surpass both dogs and three-year-old children. Some researchers believe that, like humans and other highly intelligent mammals, pigs possess a “theory of mind,” the ability to attribute mental states to others and to understand that others have beliefs, desires, and intentions that are different from one’s own. It is perhaps for this reason that pigs are often capable of acts of profound empathy.”

    I wonder if anyone has noticed that almost everything on the planet has better problem-solving skills than 3-year old children. Even tomatoes. What does that have to do with anything? But we aren’t finished yet because, in a second “human interest” story, the sanctuary writes:

    “When Jo Ann suffered a heart attack in 1998, her 200-pound companion pig, Lulu, ran out of the house, broke through the front gate, and waited by the road for a car to pass. Each time she saw a car coming, Lulu lay down in the middle of the road. Soon, one man stopped, and when he got out of his car, Lulu jumped up and ran toward the house, making distress noises. The man followed and knocked, intending to tell the owner that something was wrong with her pig. Instead, he discovered Jo Ann crying for help and was able to call an ambulance. If another 15 minutes had passed, Jo Ann would not have lived.”

    Aww. That’s so sweet. But so, what? Jo Ann suffered a heart attack because she outweighed Lulu by a hundred pounds and while we don’t know this for a fact, we can speculate that Lulu was making a run for it when captured by a passing motorist and returned to Jo Ann under duress.

    To my knowledge, only bulls, and cows that belong to Chick-Fil-A ever think about retiring someday. Every other meat-creature is just waiting its turn to become a bacon cheeseburger sandwich. So, as your post clearly suggests, anyone connected with the government of California needs to be locked up where they won’t hurt themselves (or other citizens). As I mentioned some time ago, Governor Newsome is the least of California’s problems, which is underscored by this post. (Well done, Bunks).

    Endnote: You won’t find too many articles on the internet about Halal pork. Heh.

    Liked by 4 people

  8. markone1blog Says:

    Maybe we can get all of the Muslims to move there and then we can give it back to Mexico. They can keep the libs, the Muslims, and the other issues.

    Liked by 4 people

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