Sunday, October 25, 2015

Why California eggs are so expensive

Yes, its the Perfect Storm.  Droughts, high feed costs, Avian Flu and.....Prop 2.

Now why didn't I see this coming?  This is sort of like CA raising the gas tax and then it gets followed by surging oil prices, shut down of refineries and who know what else.  Why is it, the government finds the need to "pile on" just when things go bad?

Higher chicken feed prices and the rollout of Proposition 2, which requires that all eggs sold in California come from farms that allow chickens to move around freely, also caused prices to soar, the newspaper reported.

“The costs of having to build new structures and new facilities were incurred by the egg farmers, and those costs have to get passed along,” said John Segale, spokesman for the Association of California Egg Farmers.

California farmers produce roughly one-third to one-half of the eggs eaten in the state. Some larger farms in Iowa that raise hens according to Prop. 2 specifications for California have been shut down since the avian flu outbreak, said Klippen. ...

There is one bright spot for California’s egg industry: Farmers who produce pasture-raised eggs have seen an increase in business, now that their $9 eggs no longer seem so expensive.
And here we see the median income of Americans is down from the past few years.  Why the hell would we MANDATE things to be more expensive making it more and more impossible for people to get the protein they need?

Why?  Because we've decided an animal's life is more important than a human's life.  And if we maintain that belief, we are doomed as a nation.



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