Thursday, September 25, 2008

No On Props 2 and 10

I was already leaning strongly against Proposition 2. That's the initiative that will require farmers to give animals a certain amount of space to live in. With food prices already soaring, it would seem foolhardy to voluntarily raise food prices even further.

Eggs from hens grown cage- free already cost $1.00 more per dozen than caged, or so I've been told. If all egg producers were required to give hens more room, you can just imagine the ripple effect it would have. Eggs are a component of many other foods. If eggs go up in price, other foods will likely rise even more than they already have. At least now food manufacturers have the option of buying the cheaper eggs. If Prop 2 passes they won't, unless they ship them in from out of state.

This editorial against Prop 2 in yesterday's S.F. Chronicle pretty much confirmed my opposition to it. At the end they make the point that, if there are unintended consequences to Prop 2, the only way to rid ourselves of the law would be to pass another ballot initiative to repeal it. That's something I don't know that I'd considered before when thinking about ballot initiatives.
The Chronicle also had a good piece on Prop 10 in their paper today. Worth a read, although I was already planning on voting NO on that one.


At 10:07 AM, Blogger mresquan said...

It's the enforcement of it that has me voting no on 2.Plus it will really only directly hurt small operation farms who leave little carbon footprint in comparison to even larger scale certified organic farms.For a good read,one should check out "Omnivores Dilemna" by Michael Pollan,and you'll get a good read as to why a measure like this could be fairly devastating to farms operating in smaller,rural communities.And most small farms and such most likely already practice this as it's simply less expensive to run a farm when pesticides,H-2 corn,and growth hormones aren't needed.I have other reasons to vote no on this one,that I don't have time to go into here.So I'm Fred,no on 2.

At 11:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before we spring chickens from their cages, let's spring American workers from their cubes!

At 8:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the progressive folks want us to live closer togehter,(infill i think they call it)but they want the chickens to live farther apart! whats up with that? maybe we should write it into the genersl plan that chickens must have a certain amount of room per chicken. Seems like we should hold a public hearing and take endless hours of testimony then hire more county workwers to sift through the testimony then do a presentstion to the county board of supervisors. Isn't this the way we do it here in humboldt? you know , take somthing thats a nothing and study the hell out of it then spend countless $ on it then cry we dont have any more money then give the hard working supervisors a raise.

At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What this really is:

As long as it doesnt cost us any more money- we are FINE with raising food animals in horrible, abusive, and cruel conditions.


I am worried about the 'human' race.

At 12:14 PM, Blogger Fred said...

They aren't held in all that bad of conditions. If they were, the hens wouldn't be laying eggs.


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