Should California tell farmers throughout the country how to run their farms? According to the nutjobs running the CA state government, CA should.
… Proposition 2, a ballot initiative passed by voters in 2008. The law requires egg producers to increase their cage size to more than 200 square inches, more than triple the industry recommendation. As a result, farmers from other states must comply with California hen cage standards if they wish to sell their product in the Golden State.
It is extremely important that chickens have room to stretch, after all. And so, if farmers (chicken ranchers?) from other states fail to comply, they will be prohibited from doing business in CA.
Representative Steve King, from Iowa,
… proposed an amendment to the pending farm bill in Congress which would allow farmers in other states to sell eggs in California without having to comply with the state’s law.
One chicken farmer – the owner of Voortman’s Eggs, nailed it.
“We’re gonna have to open up the cages quite a bit, give them a lot more room to spread around,” Voortman said, overlooking his farm’s 50,000 hens. “That’s kinda where we’re at a disadvantage right now. Other states aren’t gonna have to comply with that.”
“There’s no reason for anybody to produce an egg in this state when it can be produced in another state for half the cost,” said Eddie Voortman, a third-generation egg rancher in Ontario, Calif.
The solution is simple. Don’t fix the law. Go ahead and prohibit other states from selling to the people’s republic of CA. Double the prices of eggs in CA – maybe CA residents will finally get the message – loony-toon policies have consequences.