Bird-Loving Brits Opt for Faux Gras

Celebrities lead fight against 'torture in a tin'
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2010 4:00 AM CST
Bird-Loving Brits Opt for Faux Gras
The English may fall for 'faux gras,' but the French love the real thing. The French foie gras industry each year produces nearly 22,000 tons.   (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

A growing number of British retailers and restaurants have switched from foie gras to faux gras as part of a nationwide move toward politically correct food. Faux gras is made with liver from free-range poultry blended with goose or duck fat, instead of engorged livers from force-fed birds. Consumers seem to like the ethical alternative, with sales at one store surging 60% last year, Grist reports.

Celebrities are leading the food fight. Actor Roger Moore recently called the popular pate "torture in a tin," and Prince Charles banned it from royal functions. In a related development, celebrities like Elle Macpherson and Sienna Miller have signed a petition against a Michelin-starred sushi joint's use of endangered fish. The menu at the London restaurant, Nobu, now comes with a warning: “Bluefin tuna is an environmentally threatened species. Please ask your server for an alternative.”

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