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Almost three years ago, one western state asked voters to weigh in on a proposition that would require farmers to provide breeding animals such as pigs with more space. The measure, which passed with a resounding "yes," will finally go into effect this winter. And it could mean that not only California voters but also consumers across the U.S. will have to pay more for bacon at the grocery store. (Related: 112 Most Popular Sodas Ranked by How Toxic They Are) © Provided by Eat This, Not That! Walmart great value bacon
Only 4% of farms are currently compliant with the rules established in Proposition 12, according to the Associated Press (AP). And there's little time left to build new facilities—these new rules become law as soon as the clock strikes midnight on Jan. 1.
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"Unless the courts intervene or the state temporarily allows non-compliant meat to be sold in the state, California will lose almost all of its pork supply, much of which comes from Iowa, and pork producers will face higher costs to regain a key market," Scott McFetridge writes for the AP.
California-based eateries and grocers move nearly 255 million pounds of pork every single month, Rabobank, a food and agriculture financial services company, told the AP. However, farms within the Golden State only produce 45 million pounds of pork on their own.
The news outlet also quoted a study by the Hatamiya Group, which found that prices would increase by 60% if half of the state's pork supply disappears. "We are very concerned about the potential supply impacts and therefore cost increases," Matt Sutton, the public policy director for the California Restaurant Association, said.
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The new rules are a victory for advocates of animal welfare, but the associated costs may impact minority communities particularly hard. "Our No. 1 seller is bacon, eggs, and hash browns," Jeannie Kim, who runs San Francisco's SAMS American Eatery, revealed to the AP. "It could be devastating for us."
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4 Grocery Chains Pressured Over Rotisserie Chickens
The rotisserie chicken is a meal that makes dinner (and lunch) easier for tons of households. If yours is one of them, one advocacy group wants you to know about four supermarket chains that are reportedly selling broiler chickens that aren't raised in the most favorable conditions—along with five others that have just made a crucial commitment to the raising of healthier chickens.
We all want to feed our families quality food. Ideally, you'd probably like to achieve that while feeling confident that the product you're serving was raised in a way that's healthy and humane. This week, the Humane League reached out to Eat This, Not That! to share that on Monday, Sprouts Farmers Market publicly adopted the Better Chicken Commitment to improve the treatment of chickens raised for meat in its supply chain after a reported two years of engagement with The Humane League and other organizations.
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Sprouts joins four other major grocery chains that are "making impressive progress on animal welfare," the Humane League told Eat This, Not That! in an email.
A representative for the organization also shared that four other well-known grocery chains haven't made that same commitment to chicken welfare as swiftly as some animal advocates would like. Keep reading to see which grocery chains are have successfully updated their better-chicken policies—and which are still said to be lagging—along with which of your favorite chicken products this affects. (Read this original article on Eat This, Not That!)
5 Grocery Chains That Recently Made the Better Chicken Commitment 1. Sprouts Farmers Market
A rapidly growing supermarket chain, Sprouts' Better Chicken Commitment announcement makes them a leader on animal welfare in the retail industry, the Humane League said, and "will dramatically improve the lives of millions of chickens." Sprouts' commitment provides that chickens they sell will be raised in surroundings similar to a natural environment, won't be overly stocked (and therefore raised in tight physical conditions), and will be slaughtered according to humane industry standards.
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In a press release, the Humane League also listed the products at Sprouts that this will apply to: Sprouts-brand fresh chicken, one-pan meals, its full-service case, and roasted deli chickens.
Sprouts Farmers Market was also recently ranked among the 10 best supermarkets in America.
2. Giant Eagle
Giant Eagle also recently made the Better Chicken Commitment to sell humanely raised chickens at its stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, and Maryland.
Giant Eagle has been taking other progressive steps for its customers, according to Grocery Dive. Earlier this month, they announced they'd become the first grocery chain to make in-store payment possible via PayPal and Venmo at their 474 Giant Eagle supermarkets and GetGo convenience stores.
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This month, Kroger announced their adoption of an animal welfare position that includes freedom from hunger and thirst, freedom from discomfort, pain, injury, and disease, freedom to express normal behavior in natural conditions, and freedom from fear and distress.
Kroger's position as the largest grocery chain in America (by revenue) could make it a meaningful influencer in the shift toward healthier grocery store chickens.
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5. Whole Foods
Whole Foods Market has long been known for their food quality standards. Last December, the Humane League announced that Whole Foods had become the first major U.S. retailer to adopt all the standards of the Better Chicken Commitment.
4 Grocery Chains Under Pressure for Their Chicken Standards 1. Costco
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As noted in the article, a representative for Costco declined to comment on that report.
The Humane League shares that they're waiting for this chain, with over 100 stories in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast U.S., to commit to meaningful changes in their supply chain.
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A study across Europe and the U.S. suggests that people who regularly eat two particular foods see a lower risk of colorectal cancer.Research that was just published in the journal Nature Communications evaluated 860 past studies to understand the association between food intake and individuals' risk for developing or dying from 11 types of cancer, including: Colorectal cancer, cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, gallbladder cancer, lung cancer, skin cancers (including melanoma, basal cell, and squamous cell carcinomas) female breast cancer, kidney, and bladder cancer.
3. Trader Joe's
Although Trader Joe's doesn't sell rotisserie chickens per se, many TJ devotees love its "spatchcock chicken" for roasting at home.
However, for this chain's cult following, it may be disappointing to hear that Trader Joe's is among the grocery chains that reportedly has not declared a formal commitment to chicken welfare practices.
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Now that Kroger has made the Better Chicken Commitment, the Humane League says they're looking for Albertsons, the second-biggest supermarket chain in the country with nearly 2,300 stores, to make the same pledge.
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"You know, I work and live with a lot of Asian and Hispanic populations in the city and their diet consists of pork. Pork is huge," Kim added. "It's almost like bread and butter."
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