September 24, 2004

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Friday Fry #5 Save the Geese Here in California Gov. Schwarzenegger has signed a ban on the sale and production of foie gras. Curious about the impact from a French perspective I came across an Australian news source where I learned that the French Agriculture Ministry has recommended that the country's 6,000 producers come up with better living quarters for the geese by 2010. According to the article: Foie gras is big business in France, which accounts for 70 per cent of the 20,000-odd tonnes produced in the world each year. It employs 30,000 people, and the average French person eats foie gras at least 10 times a year. While I don't have the depth of experience or wallet to say that I'll miss foie gras this issue speaks to the foodie and the environmentalist in me. I've heard there are ways to produce the pate in a human manner. Stay tuned. Twinkie Times On the other end of the spectrum, lunch box staples Twinkies and Wonder Bread nearly dropped off the radar this week. Interstate Bakeries, the nation's largest wholesale baker, has run out of dough and filed for bankruptcy protection. Sales have been sinking due to the popularity of high-protein, low-carb diets such as Atkins and South Beach. Smuckers Stick Together Thinking of Wonder Bread brings me back to my childhood days of PB&J sandwiches on Wonder Bread. Businessweek's October 4 issue has two articles profiling the co-leadership model between the two Smucker's brothers. Yes, there really are Smuckers. The first...

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