This has to be one of the most ridiculous things I have heard thus far. According to Fox 6 News in New York, California Governor Jerry Brown has recently passed legislation that will work to limit the methane gases that are released from cows. I am not even making this up right now.
To continue, dairy farmers are having to purchase equipment to trap the gases. According to Fox 6 News:
Dairy farmers say the new regulations will drive up costs when they’re already struggling with five years of drought, low milk prices and rising labor costs. They’re also concerned about a newly signed law that will boost overtime pay for farmworkers.
It just makes it more challenging. We’re continuing to lose dairies. Dairies are moving out of state to places where these costs don’t exist,” said Paul Sousa, director of environmental services for Western United Dairymen.
The dairy industry could be forced to move production to states and countries with fewer regulations, leading to higher emissions globally, Sousa said.
California is literally driving away business. Farmers cannot afford to keep up with the taxes and regulations put on their backs. One farmer named Rob talked about his personal struggle with keeping his farm going in California.
“We think it’s very foolish for the state of California to be taking this position,” said Rob Vandenheuvel, general manager for the Milk Producers Council. “A single state like California is not going to make a meaningful impact on the climate.”
“The bottom line is it’s going to negatively impact the economics of the California dairy industry,” Van Groningen said. “In the dairy business, the margins are so slim that something like this will force us out of state.”