For some Californian diners, this will be an emotional weekend as the statewide ban on foie gras made by force-feeding ducks and geese takes effect Sunday.
The ban, however, will put Sonoma Foie Gras – the only foie gras producer in the state – out of business after 26 years. Its dozen workers will lose their jobs.
The farm pulled in $3.3 million in revenue last year and has been unable to keep up with demand for the fatty liver this year as the deadline looms.
The company’s owner, Guillermo Gonzalez, blamed “back-door tactics” from activists along with legislation, lawsuits, propaganda and a smear campaign for destroying his business.
Our stories Friday and Thursday go more in depth into the foie gras fight. But with days to go before the product becomes illegal in the state, Californians are providing plenty of context of their own.