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A farewell to foie gras? In France there is a lack of the fat darling

Holy Blue! There is a shortage of foie gras in France.

The greasy, creamy treat, also known as duck or foie gras, is in short supply across the country, according to CNN and other news outlets. The culprit: the bird flu epidemic that has spread across Europe. A report says France has killed 16 million birds, including ducks, to curb the disease. And that means a lot less foie gras.

“We didn’t get any this week,” French chef Pascal Lombard said in an interview with CNN. Lombard is the owner of Le 1862, a Michelin-starred restaurant in south-west France.

Of course, many animal rights activists should welcome this news. Foie gras has long been a controversial food because ducks or geese must be force-fed to make it (this makes their livers extra fatty). As a result, foie gras was banned in many places around the world. For example, New York City has a ban that is scheduled to go into effect later this year.

Despite this, foie gras has many fans. Marco Moreira, chef and owner of Tocqueville restaurant in New York, once told the Wall Street Journal His customers can’t get enough of it.

“Some people eat multiple courses of foie gras,” he said, calling the citywide ban “absurd.”

As France struggles with the current shortage, Marie-Pierre Pé, who heads a committee of the country’s foie gras producers, told CNN that consumers should think about rationing so everyone has at least a little taste.

“We have to share,” she says.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/a-farewell-to-foie-gras-theres-a-shortage-of-the-fatty-favorite-in-france-11651936080?rss=1&siteid=rss A farewell to foie gras? In France there is a lack of the fat darling

Brian Lowry

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