The Fight for Foie Gras in California


California’s statewide foie gras ban will kick in on July 1. And as tends to be the case with foie, it’s a highly contentious issue. A few days ago, Jonathan Gold had a reminder for ban enthusiasts via Twitter: “Anti-foie gras peeps: Sarah DiGregorio’s 2009 Village Voice piece is still definitive.” We happen to agree.

In 2009, DiGregorio saw some gruesome images of duck farms and went off to investigate.

I figured the only way to know for sure whether foie gras equals torture was to go see it produced for myself. I called a contact at the gourmet food company D’Artagnan, which works closely with Hudson Valley, and asked if I could look around. I’d want to see the force-feeding. And the slaughter. And bring a photographer.

“No problem,” came the reply.

The gap between the images circulated on the Web and what DiGregorio sees in Hudson Valley’s farm is enormous. Go here to read Is Foie Gras Torture?

More recent stories to check out regarding the ban:

Could CA’s Foie Gras Ban Go National? [Reuters]
California Chefs to Wield Their Spatulas in Fight Over Foie Gras Ban [The New York Times]
Chefs Fight California’s Foie Gras Ban [NPR]
Over 100 CA Chefs Sign Anti-Foie Gras Ban Petition [Eater]