(CALMATTERS) – First there was a shortage of toilet paper, then coins, then chlorine, now — bacon?
California could lose almost all of its pork supply next year, when it starts enforcing a ballot measure voters approved in 2018 that requires more space for breeding pigs, egg-laying chickens and veal calves, the Associated Press reports. Only 4% of hog operations nationwide currently comply with the rules, putting California — whose restaurants and groceries use about 255 million pounds of pork per month but whose farms only produce 45 million pounds — in a tough spot. And it’s unclear if relief is on the way: A federal judge last week rejected a legal challenge from the meat industry, though a coalition of California restaurants and business groups have petitioned Newsom to put the new requirements on hold.
Critics say they could cause bacon prices to jump 60% in California, pushing a $6 package to $9.60.
Our number one seller is bacon, eggs and hash browns. It could be devastating for us.Jeannie Kim, who runs SAMS American Eatery in San Francisco
Why are pork producers constantly trying to overturn laws relating to cruelty to animals?Josh Balk of the Humane Society of the United States