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As you have probably already noticed in the supermarket, pork, like most products these days, has become more expensive. All of this due in large part to supply chain problems and inflation caused by the pandemic.
To compound the problem, the pork industry now has to adapt to a new animal welfare law that was passed in California, which is the largest market for this type of product in the entire country. The law goes into effect on January 1, 2022, and requires pork products sold within the state to follow the standards that mother sows have at least 24 square feet of clearance between each other.
Gestation stables (metal enclosures where the pig stands on concrete floors with grating) are typically 7 by 2 feet in size. Depending on how many times it is raised, a sow can spend most of its life in these small enclosures, animal welfare groups argue.
Pork producers are already warning that the new law will bring them additional costs throughout the supply chain that will ultimately leave Californians and other buyers in the U.S. with fewer options for pork. pork and more expensive prices.
This crisis is known as ‘The Bacon Battle’, and some analysts have said it could cause bacon and pork products in general to disappear from the tables of many Californians.
There are other analysts who are not so fatalistic, and who say that Californians will only end up paying more for pork, about $ 8 for their annual purchases of pork products.
This law was the latest in a series of measures focused on animal welfare that could change the way pork is raised and sold in the US.
This law was passed in 2018, and prohibits confining laying hens, calves and breeding pigs in a way that is considered cruel. It establishes criteria for adequate living conditions for animals and limits the sale of eggs and meat products from animals that were not raised to such standards.
Some of the minimum housing space requirements for chickens and calves went into effect on January 1, 2020, and now there are calls for pigs without cages and with more spaces between them by next year, as reported by CNN. .
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.