Foie Gras & the Ethics of Force-Feeding: The Politics of Food


In 2012, the State of California successfully banned foie gras, citing animal welfare and health concerns. Though that ban was just recently overturned, the debate continues to rage on from both sides.

In this episode of The Politics of Food, chef and food writer Dave Arnold speaks to the ban’s key political players, including the Chairman of the California Democratic Party, to understand how insider politics determines what we can and cannot eat. From a foie gras speakeasy to the world of animal-rights activists, Dave visits both sides of the issue and discovers why there’s so much controversy surrounding this popular delicacy.

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May 4th, 2017 by