I’m so over the foie debate. It goes for both sides: the militant enviro-foodies and those vigilantly opposing the potential ban of their favorite luxury food. I”ll admit right off the top that I don’t know all of the intricacies of the argument, each side’s position, and their well-reasoned reasons for their stance on the issue, but can we all get some perspective about the issue? It’s foie effing-gras, not an essential food like, oh I don’t know… milk, or bread.
Maybe that’s not a valid argument for you, fine. It’s not all that satisfying to me either. Just because something’s a luxury doesn’t mean it isn’t worth protecting, but the ferocity with which the pro-foie faction approaches the issue is a bit baffling to me. To those of you on that side of the issue: how many times in the last year did you eat foie gras? How will your life really be different if it’s banned? Is this really so crucial?
Ok, again, I’m making a practical argument about an emotional issue. If you answered “abso-fricking-lutely” and then burst a blood vessel just thinking about the atrocity of the question, let me ask you this: do you oppose the ban because you believe the facts have been distorted, or do you just want to protect your right to eat fancy fatty duck liver?
Let’s think of it this way: the last food-related issue that was voted on in California was the ban on shark finning. It passed. If you haven’t seen Sharkwater, please do. The main argument for the ban was that the shark population is dwindling, and the argument against the ban was largely cultural, since shark fin soup is such a big part of Chinese weddings. That argument didn’t hold much water. So, should this same line of logic be extended to foie?
Like I said, I don’t have all the info, but after reading ten too many Facebook posts about the issue, I do have to wonder if the main reason people are so against it is just because they like the taste, and whether or not that fact alone justifies buying an “I heart foie gras” t-shirt.
For you, it might be, but personally, the “It’s my constitutional right to eat foie gras” argument that I’ve seen on some locally-produced stickers smacks of the worst type of entitlement.