Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Consequences of Prop 2

Prop. 2 a blow to local agriculture
Published: Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Proponents of Proposition 2 celebrated the measure’s passage on the Nov. 4 ballot as a victory for humane treatment of farm animals. But the outcome could very well put local egg producers out of business.

“It’s probably going to mean the end of an era in Petaluma,” Steve Mahrt of Petaluma Farms told Argus-Courier reporter Corey Young.

While the measure might mean a slightly better life for some farm animals in California, it will likely put another nail in the coffin of local agriculture where egg farming once earned Petaluma the title of “Egg Basket of the World.” Read More

I don’t know if it’s buyer’s remorse yet or not, but it seems that since Prop 2 in California passed on November 4 there have been several news articles about what happens now. Apparently now that it has passed, people are starting to ask the questions they should have posed beforehand. The truth of the matter is that California egg producers will have a very tough time competing with the rest of the world now which will likely force them to close their farms down or relocate. With increased hunger and rising food costs, this is not the course our country should be taking.

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