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The production of foie gras on our farm is the result of blending artisanal techniques with special care for the birds we raise. We go to great lengths to ensure the well-being and the humane treatment of the ducks, and to observe the State and National Laws that govern farming practices. Despite these efforts, there are groups and individuals who oppose our right to produce foie gras, and your right to serve and enjoy it. Some of these groups go to extreme measures to try to abolish all meat products from American tables altogether. As of July 1, 2012, the sale and production of foie gras will be banned in the state of California. We invite you to visit: www.chefstandards.com for more information, and to support C.H.E.F.S.

Testimonies from Veterinary Medicine Professionals

The Past, Present and Future of force-feeding and foie gras production, by Dr. Daniel Guemene and Gerard Guy (Directors of Research & Senior Scientist of the National Institute of Agronomic Research in France)

Letter from Dr. Daniel Guémené, Director of Research & Senior Scientist of the National Institute of Agronomic Research in France, to the Chicago City Council, on the foie gras ban (includes research work on the subject).

Letter from Dr. Lawrence W. Bartholf, DVM to the Chicago City Council, on the foie gras ban.

Letter from Dr. Jeanne Smith, DVM to the California Senate Committee, on Senate Bill 1520 - Ban on Foie Gras in California.

Organization Presenting the Facts About Foie Gras

C.H.E.F.S. The Coalition for Humane and Ethical Farming Standards

Artisan Farmers Alliance: Group representing America’s foie gras farmers and others involved in bringing artisanal agricultural products to the American table. Sign our PETITION to Keep Foie Gras Legal in California!

Articles Illustrating Our Challenges

San Diego Magazine: An Ode to Foie Gras

Fox News: Chefs Say Foie Gras Ban Could Spread Beyond California

Food Arts: Foie and Its Discontents

SF Gate: Foie Gras Chefs Hungry for Fight Against Ban

Open Forum (SF Gate): Bullying at Top Incites an Ugly Society All Around

Associate Press (SF Gate): Calif. Chefs Seek Repeal of Looming Foie Gras Ban

Inside Scoop (SF Gate): The R Spot - essay by Mark Pastore of Incanto

Los Angeles Times (Daily Dish): In Favor of Foie Gras — Ken Frank Speaks Out

Inside Scoop (SF Gate): Wolfgang Puck Still Buys and Sells Foie Gras

Grub Street San Francisco: Coalition of 100 Chefs Decides to Fight the Foie Gras Ban

Incanto - Mark Pastore: The War Against Dietary Self-Determinism

San Francisco Chronicle (Inside Scoop SF - blog): Is Banning Foie Gras Justified for Health & Cruelty Concerns?

Press Democrat (Bite Club Eats): Chefs Ponder Life Without Foie Gras

Edible - Marin & Wine Country: The State of Foie Gras

New York Times: In California, Going All Out to Bid Adieu to Foie Gras

San Francisco Chronicle (Inside Scoop SF - blog): Foie Gras and the Ban’s Fight Against Finesse

SF Gate: In Culinary World, Fat’s Flying Over Foie Gras Ban

Eater - San Francisco: Host of Chefs Consolidate Forces in Fight for Foie Gras

Eater - Los Angeles: Local Chefs Rally to Keep Foie Gras Legal in CA

Culinary Promiscuity: Food and Foie Gras and Freedom - Democracy Fails Again and Foie Gras Fact and Fiction

Huffington Post: 8 Foods More Cruel and Harmful Than Foie Gras

San Francisco Chronicle: Why Proposition 2 is a Bad Idea

Chef Anthony Bourdain “No Reservations” on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABeWlY0KFv8, and on Reason.tv http://www.5min.com/Video/Anthony-Bourdain-on-Foie-Gras-273121097

The Center for Consumer Freedom: A Bad Day For HSUS’s ‘Humane Wayne’

Animal Agriculture Alliance: Foie Gras Press Releases

Philadelphia Ciberpaper.net: Liver let Die

Chicago Reader: When Activists Attack

“A Rat is a Pig is a Dog is a Boy”: The Human Cost of the Animal Rights Movement

“The Foie Gras Wars”: How a 5,000-year-old Delicacy Inspired the World’s Fiercest Food Fight