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
Food Arts: Foie and Its Discontents
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
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