NPPC, Farm Bureau file appeal challenging California's Prop 12

Currently, less than 1% of U.S. pork production meets Proposition 12's requirements.


Source: National Pork Producers Council (NPPC)

via National Hog Farmer - Jun 19, 2020


On Wednesday, the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation jointly filed an appeal, challenging California's Proposition 12, which imposes arbitrary animal housing standards that reach outside of California's borders to farms across the United States. By attempting to regulate businesses outside of its borders, the organizations say California's Proposition 12 violates the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution.


The appeals challenge, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, asks the court to strike Proposition 12 as invalid. NPPC and Farm Bureau say it is unconstitutional and seeks to allow a single state without any commercial hog production to regulate how farmers across the country operate, imposing prohibitive costs with no benefits.


Beginning Jan. 1, 2022, Proposition 12 prohibits the sale of pork not produced according to California's highly prescriptive production standards. The proposition applies to...