Thursday, September 8, 2011

Back to Basics

Le Pigeon’s famous t-shirt logo

Just got back from my Montreal/Boston trip after the longest 6 weeks of my life.  But, having had a chance to relax and center myself over the last week, I feel rested and ready to get back to basics.

To get a head start on recharging this blog, I’m going to first let you know how I feel about the upcoming foie ban of 2012 in California.

It is a crock of bullshit.  Essentially a cosmetic issue for posturing lawmakers and peacocking animal rights activist who want to mask their inability to actually factor into more important legislation changes.  Nothing but wasted money, wasted time and wasted energy on something that doesn’t affect 99% of people in this state.  On the scale of food politics, foie gras legislation is probably the least globally important food issue out there.

All that wasted money and campaigning for a fight to piss off seemingly nobody but guys like me. 

So for all the bullshit artists that want to discuss this issue and cry over the injustice of making ducks fat and tasty, then why don’t you first try to tackle anyone of the millions of more important issues that relate to mass meat production, meat standards, oversight for FDA, legislation restrictions on imported produce, organic farming emphasis/subsidy, and process food oversight/education/transparency.

By the way, I ate a lot of foie in Montreal – where they don’t deal with such stupidity when it comes to food.    


  1. Is it safe to assume you paid a visit to Au Pied De Cochon? Temple of all things foie-y, porky and all around delicious? I was there about 2 years ago and had the stuffed pigs foot...all for myself. Being the jaded young man I was I thought I could finish it all. I left feeling defeated and full (for the next 2 days.) Probably didn't help that I had 3 "apps" as well. ;)

    Also I totally agree with you on the issues of foie production. There are much more pressing issues both at home and abroad than jamming some extra grub down a duck's gullet. I have done a lot of research and scouring of blogs and facebook groups I found when confronted with cold hard facts and admissions from those that like foie that it may not be the nicest practice, but there are far worse animal production conditions out there, the zealots seem to quiet down or just jump back to the beginning of their broken records repeating "It's mean, it's unjust, it's cruel" all the while failing to acknowledge these facts may have already been admitted to.

    In my opinion it is a very circular argument and not one that will be resolved any time soon.

    I think the best indicator that a large group of people do not agree with a farming practice or any means of production is that lovely ol principle of demand. If people do not like something Especially if it is something as expensive as foie gras.

    On that note, who are these fanatics to say that we should not and to go so far as to prevent us (the lovers of foie) from eating something we want to? Anyone up for a protest? Theyre sort of being a bit hypocritical here. Whilst defending the voiceless they are depriving the voiced of one of our basic rights: the freedom of choice.

  2. Sooo... how do you feel about the shark's fin ban?

  3. I completely agree that shark fin soup/ shark finning should be banned. It is a waste. You cut off the fin and toss a helpless shark into the water to flounder about until it dies. With foie the whole bird is used. Breasts, legs, liver. And as far as I know the production of foie gras is not contributing to a global decline in the goose/duck population.