Foie gras is undoubtedly France's most controversial delicacy.
Article L654 of France's 2006 Rural Code, however, decrees: "Foie gras is part of the protected cultural and gastronomic heritage of France. By 'foie gras' is meant the liver of a duck or a goose specifically fattened by force-feeding."
One French producer recently insisted that force-feeding ducks, which dates back to around 2500 BC, caused the birds no suffering and said, ‘Our mantra is respect. Respect for the environment, respect for the birds, respect for the customers. You cannot force-feed a duck if it is afraid or suffering.’ Eh voilà. Bon appétit!