Problems with Prop-12: California’s pork policy hurts entire ag industry, state rep says

In a recent statement, California State Representative James Gallagher says Prop 12 not only impacts pork producers but agriculture as a whole, and emphasizes the need for producers and consumers to co-exist.

California’s Proposition 12 went into effect just 17 days ago and pork producers in the state are already worried about being priced out of the market. That sentiment is garnering the support of California State Representative James Gallagher.

In a recent statement, the Republican state lawmaker said Prop 12 is not only hurting pork producers but creating a ripple effect on agriculture as a whole.

“Not only does it not take into account, you know, what really happens in agriculture... but it’s shrinking our markets. It’s hurting farmers outside of California.”
California State Representative James Gallagher (R-Assembly District #3)

Gallagher, who represents the Sacramento area, says there is a need for producers and consumers to co-exist.

“You know, so many people don’t live on farms, right? I mean, that’s the reality of the time that we live in, and people are disconnected from their food. But we need to reconnect people to their food and understand where it comes from — and really what it takes to bring that food to your table.”
California State Representative, James Gallagher (R)

California’s Prop-12 imposed strict housing requirements for sows on any pork that is being brought into the state.

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