Foie gras temporarily banned in France


Peta protesting against foie gras production in Paris in 2012 (Getty Images)

From daily The Independent in Britain:

France bans foie gras for three months over bird flu scare

The country is responsible for 75 per cent of the global production

Caroline Mortimer

Producers of foie gras have said they will lose millions of euros as France introduces a three-month ban on production.

The measure, which has been prompted by a bird flu scare, means breeders in 18 départments in south west France will not be allowed to have any ducks or geese in their slaughterhouses until August.

Foie gras – or fattened duck or goose liver – is considered a delicacy by some but is denounced as cruel by animal rights campaigners due the practice of force-feeding.

Breeder Florence Lasserre told the France Info news channel that her gavage room – meaning the room where the birds are force fed – was currently empty.

She said:  “Usually it’s full here, and it feels a bit lonely now, but the main thing is that the virus doesn’t return.”

A highly virulent strain of the H5N1 virus was identified at a chicken farm in Dordogne in November last year triggering an investigation by a watchdog.

H5N1 is highly lethal for birds but humans are typically only infected when they come into close contact with the animals.

Fukushima disaster still continuing, video


This video from South Korea says about itself:

Arirang Special (Ep.319) Fukushima and Its Aftermath

16 March 2016

After the Fukushima nuclear accident that busted Japan’s ‘safety myth’ in March 2011, continuous restoration and salt manufacturing work have been going on until now. Despite this, there are still traces of the horrific situation of that time remaining in various places, and the concern for radioactivity has grown to a point where our food and health are being threatened.

Wild radioactive Fukushima boars breed like rabbits, ravage local countryside: here.