Foie Gras Crisis Looms

Ce n’est pas possible! Yes, France is facing a shortage of its iconic foie gras.

Foie gras on the hoof in southwestern France.

How’d that happen? No, the pleasure police haven’t been up to anything underhanded; foie gras is still perfectly legal. But for foie gras, you need foie, duck livers or goose livers, and for livers you need ducks or geese. Ducks especially.

Turns out, the shortage of foie gras is easily traced back to a shortage of ducks. Only half as many this year as in 2020. Blame two winters of avian flu, which literally flattened the flock. Good grief.


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