Proposition 12: More Questions Than Answers


By Jennifer Shike, FarmJournal's Pork 

April 6, 2021


How will Proposition 12 be enforced? If I invest a lot of money to change my barn to become compliant for Prop 12, what’s coming next that I’ll need to adapt to? How will “split operations” be viewed under the law in regard to Prop 12?


When it comes to the specifics of implementation of Proposition 12, there are more questions than answers in the pork industry now.


Although California’s animal welfare regulation, Proposition 12, is still entrenched in a legal battle, I can’t help but agree with the perspective that Hyatt Frobose of Gestal recently shared: “Regardless of what happens from a legal standpoint, the train has left the station.”


Frobose works day-in and day-out with hog producers across the country to retrofit existing buildings and help design new buildings to be Prop 12 compliant. He says Prop 12 is on his mind 24/7 and he, too, is concerned about what could happen next.


That’s why it’s important to consider how pork producers can build in more flexibility in their operations.


“While we can’t avoid it, it’s important to remember that Prop 12 standards are not supported by science,” Frobose said...