Do you eat or refuse unethical food abroad?Monday, 18 February 2013
I should point out there is veal ethically produced in the UK, where it is dubbed 'Rose veal'. Jimmy Doherty (the channel 4 farmy chef) has previously campaigned for the reintroduction of rose veal into our diets.
Speaking to The Observer last year, Jimmy said
"Rose veal can offer an alternative. Crates and all that stuff have given veal a bad name but things are very different now. And it's not about eating day-old baby cows – if you think that we slaughter chickens when they are 42 days old, lamb at five to six months, and pigs at five months – then at six to eight months, rose veal is the oldest of the lot. No one talks about that side of things."
"Dairy calves are being shot at 24 to 48 hours old and if we drink milk we all have to share in this instead of leaving the burden of it to the farmers. Eating rose veal is utilising those calves and solving a problem."But that's rose veal. Not the French version. So, in short, I did a bad thing.
And let's not forget the night before. We had just begun another beautiful meal, without knowing what we were eating. The potted duck pictured below was delicious, but there were some weird fatty lumps in it that I avoided. I thought they were part of the layer of fat you'd often get on the top of a pate or confit.
The next day, we walked past the restaurant and had a glance at the menu, to discover that those fatty lumps were in fact Fois Gras.
What would you do? Would you stick to your guns and refuse food that is cruel or unethical? Or would you accept, to avoid a scene?