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Prop 12 proving costly for pork producers and consumers

Proposition 12 is proving costly for the nation’s pork producers and California consumers.

Iowa Farm Bureau economist Christopher Pudenz says the animal housing law raises the cost of doing business, and that is being passed on to the consumer.

“Since January 1st there have definitely been some price increases out in California.”

He tells Brownfield a USDA study using retail scanner data shows prices for pork products impacted by Prop 12 rose an average of 20 percent, with pork loins up more than 40 percent.

“Just to translate that into dollars, that’s $1.42 a pound higher following the partial implementation of Prop 12 on July 1 (2023) through data in February.”

Pudenz says those costs are three times higher than pre-implementation estimates and resulting in weaker pork demand.

“This study definitely shows that there are consumer impacts both in terms of pork prices, but also in terms of pork consumption in California right now stemming from Prop 12 specifically.”

He says USDA data shows California pork consumption has fallen from 10 percent to seven percent nationally since the inception of Prop 12.

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