Saturday, July 14, 2007

Fattened geese in France's Dordogne - CNN.com


Rick Steves has written a very nice article about a visit he made to a French farm on Dordogne that produces foie gras d' oie (goose foie gras). I have read a lot of articles like this over the years, and even though they mostly confirm my belief that the process of force feeding (gavage) is intrinsically benign and that most French producers treat their animals well, he has to screw it all up. Why, for goodness sakes, did he have to include this

"Nathalie, like other French enthusiasts of la gavage, says that while their animals are calm, in no pain, and are designed to take in food this way, American farm animals are typically kept in little boxes and fed chemicals and hormones to get fat. Most battery chickens in the United States live less than two months and are plumped with hormones. Her geese are free range and live six months."
In three sentences Rick Steves plays into the hands of American anti foie gras activists who seek to take advantage of public ignorance of the artisan nature of the two American foie gras farms and lump their practices in with mass production poultry chicken farms like the ones that raise chickens for Tyson. Thanks for nothing Rick, I hope you enjoyed your trip to France.


Fattened geese in France's Dordogne - CNN.com:

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh sure, post this at dinner time on the west coast....you foodie tempter, you. Now I'm gonna have to go locate some.

Jennie/Tikka

Sorcha said...

Gah. Way to step up there, Rick.

Scott said...

Oh, I hate to do this on a Sunday morning, but I liked it the first time you linked to this same article about a week ago, then in the Houston Chronicle. ;-)

Bob del Grosso said...

Sorry Scott, But I'm having a miserable weekend. Wife's mad at me, kids are away at camp. Now there's just me the dog and a lousy attitude.
Christ, I've even lost my appetite with no one to cook for.
Maybe the dog wants a steak...

Scott said...

If your truck were only broke down, you'd have a Country Music hit!

Boy am I glad I didn't mention that I didn't mention you got the author's name wrong (he' has the annoying travel show on PBS) . . .

Scott said...

Of course, I need a proofreader this morning too!

Sorcha said...

Sorry to hear your day's going so badly, Bob. Maybe cooking for yourself will cheer you up.

Anonymous said...

My sympathies, B.D.G. - I went several rounds with my hubby this weekend, too (must be something about this weekend).

Might I suggest some Godiva dark chocolate ice cream with dark chocolate hearts??? Its been known to do miracles.

Or this:
http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=8211794

Jennie/Tikka

Bob del Grosso said...

Sorcha, Jen, Scott
Thanks guys. I spent some time in the shop fixing stuff which cheered me up a bit. That taken with your kind words and the bugs video and I'm almost hungry again.

Ed Bruske said...

I've got it: Give your wife a gun and let her shoot Rick Steves.

It's CNN. What do you expect?

Tags said...

I got some news that'll cheer you up, Bob. A buddy of mine has a roll-off dumpster in his driveway with plenty of room (so far). I was helping him throw stuff away today. If you have any big stuff you've been meaning to throw out that can travel to Plymouth Meeting (Blue Route last exit before the Turnpike tolls), maybe I can get him to find some room for it.

My wife doesn't want to part with any of her trash, and my buddy owes me a favor.

Bob del Grosso said...

Tags,
Thanks. I've got a basement loaded with boxes of stuff I'd love to get rid of but it's all too valuable to dump. I keep telling myself I'm going to put it up on eBay then proceed to forget about it as soon as I think about have to photograph it all. I mean, can you thinkk of anything more boring than taking pictures of espresso cups and linen?
We got rid of all of the true garbage before the move from NY.