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Jul 31 - California may lose almost all of its bacon supply
 

 
California may lose almost all of its bacon supply as pig rules take effect
A state law taking effect Jan. 1 could make pork harder to find and more expensive.


DES MOINES, Iowa -- Thanks to a reworked menu and long hours, Jeannie Kim managed to keep her San Francisco restaurant alive during the coronavirus pandemic.

That makes it all the more frustrating that she fears her breakfast-focused diner could be ruined within months by new rules that could make one of her top menu items - bacon - hard to get in California.

Our number one seller is bacon, eggs and hash browns," said Kim, who for 15 years has run SAMS American Eatery on the city's busy Market Street. "It could be devastating for us."

At the beginning of next year, California will begin enforcing an animal welfare proposition approved overwhelmingly by voters in 2018 that requires more space for breeding pigs, egg-laying chickens and veal calves. National veal and egg producers are optimistic they can meet the new standards, but only 4% of hog operations now comply with the new rules. 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, and pork producers will face higher costs to regain a key market.

Animal welfare organizations for years have been pushing for more humane treatment of farm animals but the California rules could be a rare case of consumers clearly paying a price for their beliefs.

With little time left to build new facilities, inseminate sows and process the offspring by January, it's hard to see how the pork industry can adequately supply California, which consumes roughly 15% of all pork produced in the country.

"We are very concerned about the potential supply impacts and therefore cost increases," said Matt Sutton, the public policy director for the California Restaurant a*sociation.

California's restaurants and groceries use about 255 million pounds of pork a month, but its farms produce only 45 million pounds, according to Rabobank, a global food and agriculture financial services company.

The National Pork Producers Council has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for federal aid to help pay for retrofitting hog facilities around the nation to fill the gap. Hog farmers said they haven't complied because of the cost and because California hasn't yet issued formal regulations on how the new standards will be administered and enforced.

Barry Goodwin, an economist at North Carolina State University, estimated the extra costs at 15% more per animal for a farm with 1,000 breeding pigs.

If half the pork supply was suddenly lost in California, bacon prices would jump 60%, meaning a $6 package would rise to about $9.60, according to a study by the Hatamiya Group, a consulting firm hired by opponents of the state proposition.

At one typical hog farm in Iowa, sows are kept in open-air crates measuring 14-square-feet when they join a herd and then for a week as part of the insemination process before moving to larger, roughly 20-square foot group pens with other hogs. Both are less than the 24 square feet required by the California law to give breeding pigs enough room to turn around and to extend their limbs. Other operations keep sows in the crates nearly all of the time so also wouldn't be in compliance.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture said that although the detailed regulations aren't finished, the key rules about space have been known for years.

"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 agency said in response to questions from the AP.

The pork industry has filed lawsuits but so far courts have supported the California law. The National Pork Producers Council and a coalition of California restaurants and business groups have asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to delay the new requirements. The council also is holding out hope that meat already in the supply chain could be sold, potentially delaying shortages.

Josh Balk, who leads farm animal protection efforts at the Humane Society of the United States, said the pork industry should accept the overwhelming view of Californians who want animals treated more humanely.

"Why are pork producers constantly trying to overturn laws relating to cruelty to animals?" Balk asked. "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."

In Iowa, which raises about one-third of the nation's hogs, farmer Dwight Mogler estimates the changes would cost him $3 million and allow room for 250 pigs in a space that now holds 300.

To afford the expense, Mogler said, he'd need to earn an extra $20 per pig and so far, processors are offering far less.

"The question to us is, if we do these changes, what is the next change going to be in the rules two years, three years, five years ahead?" Mogler asked.

The California rules also create a challenge for slaughterhouses, which now may send different cuts of a single hog to locations around the nation and to other countries. Processors will need to design new systems to track California-compliant hogs and separate those premium cuts from standard pork that can serve the rest of the country.

At least initially, analysts predict that even as California pork prices soar, customers elsewhere in the country will see little difference. Eventually, California's new rules could become a national standard because processors can't afford to ignore the market in such a large state.

Kim, the San Francisco restaurant owner, said she survived the pandemic by paring back her menu, driving hundreds of miles herself through the Bay Area to deliver food and reducing staff.

Kim, who is Korean-American, said she's especially worried for small restaurants whose customers can't afford big price increases and that specialize in Asian and Hispanic dishes that typically include pork.

"You know, I work and live with a lot of Asian and Hispanic populations in the city and their diet consists of pork. Pork is huge," Kim said. "It's almost like bread and butter."

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 2 months ago '08        #2
cohs  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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Was just reading a dominican newspaper and they talkin bout k*lling all pigs due to swine flu. Gonna be a shortage of pork. Might be a good thing.
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 2 months ago '15        #3
chiladin708  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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Good news. No pork on my fork word to Noble Drew Ali and the RZA! LOL
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 2 months ago '17        #4
lucifershammer  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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Black market pork coming at ya


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 2 months ago '05        #5
bi0  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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Turkey bacon is cheaper and supposedly healthier
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 2 months ago '07        #6
acwmich 
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 bi0 said
Turkey bacon is cheaper and supposedly healthier
My wife ate beef or pork in 15 years but if you look at labels them beyond burgers and turkey bacon are just a bad for you
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 2 months ago '15        #7
DamianDragunov 
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 bi0 said
Turkey bacon is cheaper and supposedly healthier


And tastes like cardboard
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 2 months ago '18        #8
TheLuminousOne  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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fu*k pigs
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 2 months ago '05        #9
4Chun500 
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 DamianDragunov said
And tastes like cardboard
Gotta season, & bake it.
Last few minutes of drizzle some syrup over it
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 2 months ago '17        #10
BX BlackBelt  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8
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fu*k you talking bout op just smoked some bacon wrapped jalepeno poppers

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 2 months ago '06        #11
jccd5. 
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 BX BlackBelt said



fu*k you talking bout op just smoked some bacon wrapped jalepeno poppers

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 2 months ago '04        #12
jlandryst  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x43
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 bi0 said
Turkey bacon is cheaper and supposedly healthier
Turkey Bacon: How Healthy Is It Really?


Some calorie- and fat-conscious eaters choose turkey bacon as a healthy alternative to the pork variety that traditionally graces breakfast tables.

But, according to dietitian Laura Jeffers, MEd, RD, LD, this substitute is still high in saturated fat and sodium and doesn’t carry as many health benefits as many believe.

“As with bacon made from pork, turkey bacon is high in saturated fat and sodium – two substances that put you at greater risk for developing heart disease,” she says. “And the similarities don’t stop there.”

Pork vs. turkey bacon by the numbers

Protein: Each 2-ounce serving of pork or turkey bacon has roughly the same amount of protein. Pork bacon offers 20 grams per serving. Turkey bacon provides 17 grams.

Calories: Turkey bacon contains fewer calories than pork bacon, but the difference per 2-ounce serving is small – 218 vs. 268 calories.

Fat: The overall fat content in turkey bacon is significantly lower than pork bacon – 14 grams vs. 22 grams. The level of saturated fat is still high, however, with 4 grams vs. 8 grams, respectively. High saturated fat content contributes to heart disease.

Sodium: If you don’t select reduced-sodium bacon, just a few slices can max out your daily recommended intake of salt – less than 1,500 milligrams according to the American Heart a*sociation. Two ounces of turkey bacon has more than 1,900 milligrams of sodium. The same amount of pork bacon contains roughly 1,300 milligrams. In addition to increasing your risk of heart disease, high sodium intake raises the likelihood of kidney stones.

Vitamins: Turkey and pork bacon both provide vitamin B complex nutrients, but pork bacon offers more. Pork also contains more selenium, a mineral that activates certain proteins a*sociated with preventing cancer. Turkey and pork bacon contain roughly the same amount of zinc, which helps control gene activity.
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 2 months ago '16        #13
B86 
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 bi0 said
Turkey bacon is cheaper and supposedly healthier
Bruh, turkey bacon has just as much sodium, if not more than regular bacon. It’s NOT healthier…which is another topic (people on these “health” kicks that don’t know anything about nutrition or don’t really try to learn)
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 2 months ago '19        #14
skippa 
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 chiladin708 said
Good news. No pork on my fork word to Noble Drew Ali and the RZA! LOL
FR!

And I love the sh*t, but everytime I eat it I feel like I'm on the verge of death. Last time I eat it I threw up everywhere.
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 2 months ago '04        #15
franchise  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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 acwmich said
My wife ate beef or pork in 15 years but if you look at labels them beyond burgers and turkey bacon are just a bad for you

vegan meat has no cholesterol


vegan meat has no antibiotics and pharmaceuticals - which means it doesnt include tumors, puss, and other abnormalities


vegan meat wasnt tortured in a tiny cage where the animals are malnourished and sh*tting on each other


and lastly vegan meat wasnt recklessly slaughtered in dangerously unsafely fast slaughter lines where the food isnt safely handled




not trying to scare anyone or push anyone into veganism - but these are facts with how meat in America is. many meat inspectors stop eating meat from seeing the sh*t they see and knowing how unsanitary/risky it is. feel free to look these things up and try to find videos of it ---- its funny how filming animal farms is illegal in this country. people have even been arrested for giving water to animals while they are on the truck going to slaughter --- the animals are always dehydrated as sh*t --- and also terrified/sad. this last part is something that effects you on an energy level or frequency --- you absorb that bad energy whether you believe/aware of it or not.

 2 months ago '06        #16
imthatinfamous  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 cohs said
Was just reading a dominican newspaper and they talkin bout k*lling all pigs due to swine flu. Gonna be a shortage of pork. Might be a good thing.
Your problem began with reading a Dominican newspaper
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 2 months ago '09        #17
2nd2none 
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This is doing all you swine eaters a huge favor
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 2 months ago '06        #18
imthatinfamous  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 franchise said
vegan meat has no cholesterol


vegan meat has no antibiotics and pharmaceuticals - which means it doesnt include tumors, puss, and other abnormalities


vegan meat wasnt tortured in a tiny cage where the animals are malnourished and sh*tting on each other


and lastly vegan meat wasnt recklessly slaughtered in dangerously unsafely fast slaughter lines where the food isnt safely handled




not trying to scare anyone or push anyone into veganism - but these are facts with how meat in America is. many meat inspectors stop eating meat from seeing the sh*t they see and knowing how unsanitary/risky it is. feel free to look these things up and try to find videos of it ---- its funny how filming animal farms is illegal in this country. people have even been arrested for giving water to animals while they are on the truck going to slaughter --- the animals are always dehydrated as sh*t --- and also terrified/sad. this last part is something that effects you on an energy level or frequency --- you absorb that bad energy whether you believe/aware of it or not.
That's just an oxymoron...
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 2 months ago '11        #19
SomeOnesoN  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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No wonder why bacon cost so damn much. I've even seen empty shelves before, but just a*sumed a shipment didn't come in or some sh*t. This wild. Hope people don't start blaming Democrats and government, blame capitalism and greedy a*s farmers that want to squeeze every last dollar even if it means making the animals miserable.

I believe food is better when the animals are happier anyway. Case in point: Kobč beef.
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 2 months ago '15        #20
DamianDragunov 
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 4Chun500 said
Gotta season, & bake it.
Last few minutes of drizzle some syrup over it


Got ya.. I’ve only had it when a female I was with made it. She basically fired it like bacon.
Wasn’t impressed at all.

 2 months ago '16        #21
Blunted Sultan  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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California out here ruining sh*t for the rest of the country
is how most people will see it
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 2 months ago '20        #22
OhSoCalbo 
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fu*k every other part of the pig…. I’m gonna eat some bacon

 2 months ago '08        #23
cohs  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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 imthatinfamous said
Your problem began with reading a Dominican newspaper
You the type a guy born sideways fu*kin up since birth.

Top 10 most slapped recently  2 months ago '21        #24
B46610  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Chi chi mon nyam pork
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 2 months ago '09        #25
jodyham 
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 franchise said
vegan meat has no cholesterol


vegan meat has no antibiotics and pharmaceuticals - which means it doesnt include tumors, puss, and other abnormalities


vegan meat wasnt tortured in a tiny cage where the animals are malnourished and sh*tting on each other


and lastly vegan meat wasnt recklessly slaughtered in dangerously unsafely fast slaughter lines where the food isnt safely handled




not trying to scare anyone or push anyone into veganism - but these are facts with how meat in America is. many meat inspectors stop eating meat from seeing the sh*t they see and knowing how unsanitary/risky it is. feel free to look these things up and try to find videos of it ---- its funny how filming animal farms is illegal in this country. people have even been arrested for giving water to animals while they are on the truck going to slaughter --- the animals are always dehydrated as sh*t --- and also terrified/sad. this last part is something that effects you on an energy level or frequency --- you absorb that bad energy whether you believe/aware of it or not.
I usually don’t post on here anymore but this hit me. What do you mean by energy? Also what’s your stance on eating plants? Or do you stick to eating things that were never alive?
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