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: