Skip to comments.How California Voters Raised the Price of Eggs Across America
Posted on 03/08/2014 11:22:49 AM PST by SeekAndFind
In 2008, California voters endorsed Proposition 2 which banned the confinement of animals. California egg producers had to ensure that chickens had enough room to move around which negated so-called “factory farming” and would end up raising the price of eggs by 20%.
Obviously this was a problem for California agriculture which would have trouble competing on price with free agriculture. And there’s only so much of a market for fair-trade free-range organic chickens lovingly raised in a Quaker school by social justice experts on a strict diet of granola and NPR broadcasts.
And so California’s reds decided to instead raise the price of eggs across America. Sounds fair, right?
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster (D) said Tuesday morning he has filed a federal lawsuit against the state of California over the Golden States new regulations on enclosures that house egg-laying hens. The regulations, Koster alleges, violate the constitutions Commerce Clause.
California voters in 2008 passed a ballot initiative that require larger enclosures for egg-laying hens. Farmers in California worried the new rules, which would increase their costs, would put them at a competitive disadvantage with egg farms in other states, so the state legislature passed a measure in 2010 to require out-of-state producers to comply with California rules.
That, Koster says, is unfair to his states egg producers.
If California legislators are permitted to mandate the size of chicken coops on Missouri farms, they may just as easily demand that Missouri soybeans be harvested by hand or that Missouri corn be transported by solar-powered trucks, Koster said in a statement.
California farmers must begin complying with the cage law beginning in 2015, under the terms of Proposition 2. The legislature requires out-of-state farmers to begin complying with the same rules by the end of that year.
Kosters office estimated that Missouri egg producers would have to pay $120 million to expand the size of their coops, and that production costs would rise 20 percent.”
That’s the whole point. The left can’t compete on product or price, but it can kneecap everyone else as long as it has control over populous states. Businesses and individuals can flee California, but they can’t escape its regulatory creep.
The country is awash in ballot initiatives and legislative efforts to increase regulation of agriculture. Maine and Connecticut have passed GMO labeling laws, although they wont go into effect until other states in the Northeast have passed labeling laws as well. Florida has laws outlawing the most common method of pork production. Several states have outlawed small chicken coops, and states have also banned the sale of foie gras and shark fins. Only California has had the chutzpah to impose the preferences of that states voters on the rest of the country.
Make no mistake about it, if egg prices increase by 20 percent, people who face tight budgets at the grocery store will suffer.
But the people who make these laws won’t and California voters have become mindless stooges of the left. And if you buy your eggs with EBT cards, you don’t tend to care how much they cost because you aren’t paying for them anyway.
Straw man argument.
Right on. Why is it the only good old fashioned Conservative common sense left on this forum seems to be from the class of '98?
Vegetables are what food eats. The way I see it, I eat my veggies after they’ve been processed by a food machine.
We do need to be nice to the food machines.
Putting that opinion into law IS imposing your beliefs on others.
I also believe we have a moral duty to ensure animals are not abused.
But if it were an issue of whether somebody would literally starve if hens were not cooped up in egg factories, I would reconsider my position.
I don't think that's the case here.
And CA is not forcing a Missouri farmer to conform to CA rules. That farmer is free to sell his eggs in any other state, all of which have rules too.
I know a lot of people disagree, I just wanted to state my opinion. I'll not get into an argument.
I agree, there has to be some consideration for the animal’s living conditions.
It’s because we give a damn, and have for >15 years. In my case, it’s because I’m still silly, even after all these years.....
And you don’t torture your food either.
Any good recipes for road kill?
Read some of the other nonsense. Idiots who have no idea how to feed a country, let alone the world.
Maybe it's just a weekend thing.
The food machines that process my vegetables are powered by gas or electricity and don't poop in the processing area!
Yes, it is sad when even Conservatives talk like idiots.
This all leads back to the progressive destruction of the family (ie the family farm/ homestead)
Americans used to produce their own. If more Americans got back to that then this wouldn’t be a problem.
+1. I’m okay with it.
Eggs, Milk, 2 rashers and a piece of toast, Apple and 1/2 a sandwich, 4 oz lean meat, green leafy vegetable.
$9 for a healthy food day. X 4 makes it $36 per day for a family of 4. $252 a week for rouglhy $1000 per month for a family of 4. Working with a tight budget and trying to maintain healthy eating.
with a %20 increase in eggs ... increases the monthly expense by $67.
That sow is ready to be bread.
Or even bred.
As someone who actually LIVED on a farm and knows what "go out back and get a chicken for dinner" actually meant, I'd bet no one else on this thread would have the guts to truly "make their own dinner" from killing it, gutting and cleaning it and getting it ready for the frying pan.
They'll probably call me an animal abuser for this post, the gutless sissies.
No one is forcing you to eat eggs.
And no one’s forcing you to post nonsense, yet here you are.
Bump Ah dee Bump Bump!
Oh boy. Koster is a Democrat gunning for governor one of these days in an agriculture state. That gives him points. Secondly, for conservatives the issue IS commerce at this point. Missouri may one day require a different way of producing eggs but not today. So, no, hostile California should not dictate how we should produce product.