Here Is Why We Should All Stop Eating Foie Gras
Foie gras, which is also known as Fatty Liver, is a “delicacy” that has been the subject of controversy for some time now. Essentially, it is the diseased liver of a goose or a duck, which becomes diseased/enlarged due to forced feeding. The Animal Protection & Rescue League say they have found widespread cruelty on U.S. and French foie gras farms, while many folk in general agree that you simply cannot produce foie gras without standard cruelty. It’s an “unfortunate evil”.
The problem is that there are a number of people who continue to see foie gras as a culinary delicacy; they either ignore the cruelty involved in the production, or they simply aren’t aware of the methods. For those in the know, though, foie gras goes against human decency on every level when it comes to how we treat our animals. Let’s take a look at some reasons why avoiding foie gras is a step in the right direction, not just for your health but also for your ethics.
Fatty Food Is Actually Bad For Your Heart
It seems strange to suggest that a food as fatty as foie gras could be considered a delicacy, although it has to be said that foie gras is made up of two-thirds of mono saturated fat (the ‘good’ fat) and one third of saturated fat. But that isn’t to say that foie gras is good for you.
Deaths as a result of cardiovascular disease are on the rise, and are indeed the primary source of death in the U.S. today. And though foie gras might be largely composed of good fats, it still procures 80% of its calories from fat – which is really bad! Moreover, there are 12g of fat per one ounce. Yikes.
Eating Foie Gras Is Bad For The Environment
There are many things to take into consideration when deciding whether or not to eat foie gras: there is your health, the welfare of animals – and the environment.
You see, there is no way that a crowded pen full to the rafters with ducks and geese is advantageous to the soil. It’s just unhealthy for the earth, plain and simple.
Moreover, crowded pens aren’t good for the air quality too; methane emerges in the atmosphere because of the large amount of refuse from the crowded animals.
The flip side is that there are a number of farmers who use methods that are beneficial to the environment – but not enough of them.
Because This Is How Foie Gras Is Produced
To produce succulent foie gras, a bird must be force fed at least three times a day; the worker grabs the bird before shoving a long tube down its throat. An air pump will then blast 2 pounds of “corn mush” into its oesophagus.
You might think, “well, it’s gotta eat, right? Perhaps corn mush is tasty, who knows?”
Um, no. That’s not the point.
Each feed is proportionate to around 30% of the bird’s body weight. Basically, this is equal to you or I being force fed 30 one pound of boxes of pasta in one go. Which would be enough to make you really, really sick.
The Birds Suffer Abusive Treatment
Not only do the ducks and geese have to suffer painful force-feeding, but they also have to live in appalling conditions. The birds are overcrowded, mutilated, and they have to curb their natural instincts and wants; they cannot interact with their friends, mate freely, raise their young, and they cannot even keep themselves clean. For a proud, free-loving bird, this is terrible.
They also have zero access to their natural habitat – swimming water – which can cause blindness. And then, once it is time for their sorry excuse of a life to come to an end, they are taken to a slaughterhouse where they are violently killed.
Foie Gras Is Seriously, Ridiculously Expensive
Foie gras is often seen as a delicacy for the rich, but even those of us who are not so rich enjoy indulging ourselves now and then with a bit of duck liver. After all, why not?! Life is short, so live it!
Okay, foie gras costs around $50 a pound. Yup, $50 a pound. If you are going to show off to your friends that you can afford expensive treats, please just stick to the champagne. Foie gras might seem appealing to you as you wave your credit card around at the waiter, but the way it is produced, and the fact that there are people around the world who have to go without any kind of food at all, should be enough for you to reconsider. It’s just not worth it.
Because Liver Is Just Eew
Liver and onions was first popular in England, where it was known as the cornerstone of any working class family’s dinner. Somehow – and we really don’t know how – it made its way to the U.S., where it also became popular. People – and we really don’t know why or how – seem to enjoy the taste!
But we’re going to break this to you now: liver is not nice. It tastes funny!
Secondly, perhaps it tastes funny because the liver is the part of the body that retains all the indigestible stuff that we turn into waste before pooping it all out.
Yep, that is what you’re are eating: The birds’ waste retainer.
Because Foie Gras Is Totally Unnecessary!
Foie gras does have nutritional value; but it’s expensive and also largely unhealthy for you. For such a high price, and for such low health rewards in return, it is totally unnecessary to get your nutrition from a “delicacy” that is produced in such a cruel, inhumane way. There are better foods to eat.
Indeed, it is much healthier, ethical and rewarding to seek out your proteins, vitamins and minerals from other foods, such as vegetables. Vegetables are not only crammed with more nutrients, but they are also overall healthier for you, and you will know for sure that no animal was harmed in its creation. Lovely!
Stay happy and healthy!