Something real hush-hush has been happening behind the scenes in Washington DC lately – and it’s not even anything you’ve been hearing on the news!
It has to do with states thinking they can impose their local laws on other states.
You see, fellow Baconeers, there are states – California and Massachusetts, to be specific – that have passed laws telling pork farmers in their states how to raise their pigs. (Massachusetts residents just voted to enact this law last year.) The big problem is that Massachusetts and California are now trying to tell farmers in Iowa or Oregon or Virginia (and others!) how to raise their pigs.
Why is that a big problem? Well, for one, unless you live in Massachusetts, you didn’t get a chance to vote for these new restrictions.
Initiatives like this will result in increased pork prices for everyday Americans to the tune of nearly $5 billion, according to a University of Minnesota study. Since you didn’t vote for these regulations, why should you have to pay for it?
Pork is affordable and a great source of protein. These regulations, if spread outside of Massachusetts, will likely increase the price of the bacon you buy every day.
Luckily, steps are being taken to thwart these efforts. For example, the attorneys general of 13 states are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that Massachusetts’ ban on the sale of meat and eggs from animals raised in housing systems prohibited by the state, which is set to take effect in 2022, violates the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause prevents states from enacting barriers to interstate commerce. Federal legislation has also been introduced to end these practices. There are already bills that protect against this but the wording has always been really tricky and prone to “gut feelings.” This legislation will just enforce and make explicit what is already the law.
So, what can you do to help? Simply click on the Facebook or Twitter buttons below to share this article with your friends and family. Let them know that the people in your state should be the ones to make these changes, not the government of other states halfway across the country.