Foie gras sounds all fancy, doesn't it? Even the name just rolls of your tongue with an extravagant tone.
Oh I'm so classy. I have tons of money to spend and I eat things like foie gras and drink gold flakes in my cocktails.
Well, sorry to burst the upper class bubble, but a Belgian fast food chain in France will start offering the delicacy on their menu as a topping for a beef burger at the low price of five euros (approximately $6.50).
Making lavish foods available to the masses doesn't sound so bad, does it?
But do you realize what foie gras is?
It's the liver of a duck or goose that has been force-fed to the point where they're obese so that the liver is extremely fatty, therefore it's softer. They're held down and have a tube stuck down their throat that pumps large amounts of food into their mouths.
Before, it was a delicacy, but now with it being available to the masses, they're going to have to up the production rates, meaning the process is only going to get more cruel.
I'm not one of these crazy PETA people who go around throwing blood on people wearing fur coats, but I definitely would not be comfortable eating this stuff knowing how it came about (not to mention, it looks gross).
And no, I'm not a vegetarian (I've really tried to be!), and sure they do similar things to cows and chickens, blah blah blah. But I also refuse to eat beef and chicken from fast food places -- not because of the calorie count, but because it's low-grade meat, which tells me that the animals were treated even worse than usual.
What are your thoughts on foie gras being available at such a cheap price? Would you try it?
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