Prop 12 Hearing: How it could affect the U.S. pork trade

California’s Prop 12 will be heard by the Supreme Court tomorrow.

The Supreme Court is about to hear a case that could rattle U.S. pork trade.

Prop 12 requires additional spacing requirements for sows in California, and would ban the sale of any pork, not raised by the state’s standards.

California voters approved the measure four years ago. The National Pork Producers Council and American Farm Bureau are against it.

Jim Iuorio says there are two elements to this issue.

“One - there’s the bill itself, and two - there’s just the notion of overreach and micromanaging down to the minuscule things that they are doing, and this has obviously both. Thomas Sowell, my favorite economist, I’m sure probably one of yours as well, always says the last 50 years can be characterized by things that sound good replacing things that actually work. I got that quote a little wrong, but you get the point.”

A decision likely will not come until spring or summer.

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