Sunday, October 16, 2011

California Declares War on France

Foie gras will be outlawed in California eight months from now.


Kirk said...

Good for them. I've been boycotting it for years at holiday meals.

It's something that the French rarely eat. They'll buy a piece for Christmas or New Year's dinners, but I'd guess that 90% of French people never eat it any other time of year.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Kirk, just not true. Take a look at the foie gras association stats to see sales are booming at home and abroad .. and by the way there is noting cruel about the gavage either if that's where you are coming from

Cincinna said...

If you've ever spent Christmas or New Year with a French family, from the most modest to the most fortunate, you would have been served Foie Gras.
Foie Gras, is, to the French, what Turkey is to Americans at Thanksgiving.
Foie Gras is one if life's great culinary pleasures, as the French well know. Simple solution, you have a problem with it, don't buy it, don't serve it, don't eat it. But don't try to deny others their traditions and pleasure.
The idea of banning it in CA is ridiculous. People should have freedom if choice in what they eat. But what can we expect from the People's Republic of California, that now bans plastic and paper bags at markets.

Kirk said...

I could make a slight change and say:

"there is nothing cruel about the way slaves are treated…" I have seen the way they are force fed, and, yes, it looks cruel.

Cincinna, if you read my comment, I said that I have been boycotting it for years at holiday meals. Because, yes, it is served at holiday meals. I don't agree that it should be compared to turkey at Thanksgiving, as it's not a main course; it's always served as an appetizer.

It's worth noting that _the entire country of France_ bans bags at supermarkets, and, if I'm not mistaken, they are even banned across the EU (though perhaps not yet in all countries).

Cincinna said...

    Your comparison of raising animals for food with slavery is ridiculous and a fallacious comparison. What's next? Animals being able to have lawyers sue for  them in Court? 

   The French don't eat "appetizers". Foie Gras is often an Entrée, but also a Salade, and pan seared, as a Plat Principal. It very much depends on the region, the occasion, tradition, and the portefeuille of the host. 

  We have been in restaurants in Foie Gras country where we have been served Foie Gras at every course. Even glace au Foie Gras (better than it sounds). 
  Our concierge in Paris always serves it when she and her husband invite us for our anniversary. 

  If you don't like eat, don't eat it, but in furtherance of Franco-American relations, I would keep my food preferences to myself when visiting France. It is considered quite rude and mal élevé to discuss such things. 

  In France, Foie Gras means la fête, and it is absurd to try to critique one of the mainstays of French gastronomic culture. 

  If you don't see the problem with a Nanny State telling you how to live your life, How to shop, what to eat, what to feed your children, ask yourself, "where does it end"?