By Jessica Medeiros Garrison
American eggs seem as wholesome as apple pie. A California law, however, puts the breakfast favorite at the center of a less than sunny side-up plan to cost American egg producers and consumers billions of dollars. The only obstacle remaining until the law’s 2015 effective date is the 225 year old Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law championed by Republican Attorneys General.
In 2008, California voters approved a ballot initiative, Proposition 2, which set new “living standards” for certain types of farm animals and significantly increased the minimum cage size for egg-laying hens. The law effectively made all conventional chicken cages obsolete in California.
Californians restricting their own agriculture economy fits squarely within the animal liberation agenda which has gripped the state. The cost to Californians is not nominal. According to a UC-Davis study, the law, set to go into effect on January 1, 2015, will increase the cost of egg production in California by 20 percent as compliance with the law will force significant investments of almost $400 million by California farmers – a cost that will certainly be passed along to the consumers.
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