Sunday, May 07, 2006

More on the Foie Gras Ban in Chicago

More from the Accidental Hedonist on the foie gras ban, Chicago, elitism and food snobs. She has quite an interesting few posts going over there. I think Kate makes an excellent point about how this ban was engineered. Like it or not, it's a lot easier to tell a few rich people what they can't have than it is to fix the serious problems in the city.

What it boils down to is this (pun intended). Groups of people are determining what citizens can eat, based solely on political point scoring. One has to ask oneself, which is worse - force feeding ducks and geese? Or force feeding a debatable morality to the public at large? Personally, I'm more nauseous from the latter.

Followed up with an excellent post on foodies and classists and how they're not mutually exclusive. A well-thought post on the entire situation and certainly more reasoned than any of the arguments made in the actual political process. In the meantime, next time I picnic in Chicago, I'm bringing my own foie gras and flaunting it with much talk and smacking of lips.

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