Many Canadian fortunes were made during Prohibition in the 20s and many Latin American fortune have been bankrolled by the American ban on cocaine and marijuana. Could the foie gras ban in California do the same for liver merchants in Nevada?
It seems possible. This week, the Reno Gazette-Journal published a long report on the possible positive impact of the ban on businesses on the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe. True, one restaurateur interviewed by the paper said that demand had flared up only immediately after the ban took effect in July. But Laurel Pine, one woman featured prominently in the article, moved her gourmet food business Mirepoix USA this year to Nevada to skirt the ban. She has high hopes for its success.
Pine was also featured in a CNBC report on the Nevada foie gras boom about a month ago. That piece also noted that, after a period of relatively lax enforcement of the foie gras ban, it's gotten harder for California restaurateurs to get away with serving the delicacy. That's bad news for fans of the foie gras biscuit at Animal in Los Angeles. But it's good news for restaurant and gourmet shop owners in Las Vegas and Reno.
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There's a reason feedlot beef was included in the Center for Science and Public Interest's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/14/the-terrible-10-worst-aspects_n_1010696.html#s408669&title=Feedlot_Beef" target="_hplink">"Terrible 10."</a> Raising animals for industrial slaughter can be harmful to the environment (pollution from methane gas), the animals (often raised in tight conditions) and humans (risks of E. coli).
Large-scale chicken farms are often just as frightening as beef. If you haven't seen <em><a href="http://www.foodincmovie.com/" target="_hplink">Food, Inc.</a></em> the film remains just a relevant, if not more, since it debuted several years ago.
Bluefin tuna is probably the most widely-cited example of overfishing. The fish are caught are<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/18/atlantic-bluefin-tuna-twice-quota_n_1017314.html" target="_hplink"> way above</a> the quota with <a href="http://bittman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/22/more-about-disappearing-fish/" target="_hplink">little evidence of recovery</a> for the stock.
California seems to be on a bit of a food ban spree recently, but we commend the move to ban the sale of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/07/shark-fin-trade-banned-california_n_1000906.html" target="_hplink">shark fin</a>, used in a popular Chinese soup. "The practice of cutting the fins off of living sharks and dumping them back in the ocean is not only cruel, but it harms the health of our oceans," said governor Jerry Brown.
The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/07/girl-scouts-cookies-palm-oil-campaign_n_998437.html" target="_hplink">Girl Scouts may have recently pledged to reduce the amount of palm oil</a> in their famous cookies, but that is only one drop in the bucket. Non-sustainably-sourced palm oil destroys rainforests, and threatens the habitats of animals that live there.
Chocolate/Coffee From Child Slavery Regions
GOOD didn't beat around the bush with its recent post, "<a href="http://www.good.is/post/child-slaves-made-your-halloween-candy-stop-buying-it/" target="_hplink">Child Slaves Made Your Halloween Candy. Stop Buying It</a>." Makes you think twice about stocking up on all those Reese's.
Farmed salmon just doesn't sound appetizing anymore thanks to the prevalence of sea lice and various diseases that can affect farmed salmon. To make matters worse, such infestations are <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/18/science/18salmon.html?_r=2&src=tp" target="_hplink">now affecting wild salmon</a> as well.
Junk Food Marketed At Children
There's nothing wrong with allowing children the occasional bag of Cheetos. But given the staggering level of obesity in American children, it seems ridiculous to be marketing these products directly at children. Of course, the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donald-cohen/marketing-junk-food-to-kids_b_999376.html" target="_hplink">marketers see otherwise</a>.