That's California, taking away rights is the state government's job now. I'm a 2nd generation native who left last year and I doubt I'll ever go back. A big plus is that without the California Air Resources Board my GXP is MUCH faster.
The California Farm Bureau doesn't have anything to do with California's elected state government. You realize that, right?
"California Farm Bureau Federation is a nonprofit organization of farmers and ranchers consisting of county Farm Bureaus from nearly every county in California, established in 1919 to work for the betterment of family farmers and ranchers in California."
If you read the article, it appears that John Deere et al influenced the CFB (portions of the verbiage of their press release is verbatim from an industry propaganda flyer).
Sorry, but I'm done looking the other way on mistruths and misdirections on this sort of thing. States like California and Washington (where I live) do actually strongly support human rights and freedoms. Among them are the right to breathe clean air, drink clean, safe water, eat food that isn't soaked in toxic pesticides, and not get shot. Access to affordable health care, safe, maintained public infrastructure, and a minimum wage well above national standards (and come closer to allowing people to both eat and afford shelter) are also featured.
Contrast with my home state, Michigan, where Flint has been without potable water for years, directly due to the state government's criminal decisions, the roads are just plain ****, and minimum wage nets you $18,500/year (assuming you can get a full time job).
Back on topic, this sort of artificial obsolescence via technology is getting out of control. Quickbooks has done this for years by going out of their way to make tax tables not work with older versions. Now they are disabling online banking in older versions. Because they cannot get people to pay for upgrades that don't have any new features. Do we really want this in our cars? I mean, how many 60 year old 2019 Corvettes will be functional with all the one-off electronic gizmochery in them? The Porsche 928 is a pretty reasonable early example of what can happen, and that wasn't an artificial thing...it's just low production, a failure-prone part, and no spares. Do we let car companies demand maintenance contracts to keep older cars functional? Will they be allowed to remotely disable them or turn off functionality if we don't pay up? Will GM et al be allowed to terminate their functionality entirely if they are too old, no longer profitable, or they just need to prop up new car sales?
We are at the precipice of a very slippery slope here.