Saturday, July 29, 2006

Orange Tree, Very Pretty


This is an orange tree we bought when we moved in our new house three months ago. At that time it was full of  fragrant white flowers and now it has golf ball sized fruits.
Read the Wikipedia article below and tell me how you feel about this ancient food production method.  
Force-feeding of animals

Force-feeding is also known as gavage, from a French word meaning "to gorge". This term specifically refers to force-feeding of geese and young cattle in order to fatten their livers in the production of foie gras and veal respectively. Gavage can also refer to the practice of administering liquids (such as medicines) to laboratory animals via a tube or syringe.

Force-feeding of birds is practiced mostly on geese or male Mulard ducks, a Muscovy/Pekin hybrid. Preparation for gavage usually begins 4-5 months before slaughter. For geese, after an initial free-range period and treatment to assist in esophagus dilation (eating grass, for example), the force-feeding commences. Gavage is performed 2—4 times a day for 2-5 weeks, depending on the size of the fowl, using a funnel attached to a slim metal or plastic feeding tube inserted into the bird'sthroat to deposit the food into the storage area in the esophagus. A grain mash, usually maize mixed with fats and vitamin supplements, is the feed of choice. Waterfowl are suited to the tube method due to a nonexistant gag-reflex and extremely flexible esophagi, so unlike other fowl such as chickens, gavage may be practiced with minimal discomfort for the bird. These migratory waterfowl are also ideal for gavage because of their natural ability to gain large amounts of weight in short periods of time before cold seasons. For this reason, gavage is usually a "finishing" stage before the bird is set for slaughter, for if left to its own devices after finishing, the bird will quickly return to its normal weight. The result of this practice is an severely enlarged, especially fatty liver, when if especially exaggerated is the liver disease hepatic lipidosis. The liver may swell up to 12 times its normal size (up to three pounds). While the livers are the coveted portions of these birds, the unctuous flesh of fattened geese and ducks as well as their feathers find a market. Due to protests from animal-rights groups against the method of obtaining these enlarged livers, gavage is outlawed in United Kingdom, Germany, the Czech Republic, Finland, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and Israel, as well as in some, but not all, USA states. The USA's most recent ban on foie gras was in Chicago, Illinois.





ally123130585918 said...

Your Orange tree looks lovely ~ Look forward to seeing it again when the fruit is ripe ~
~ every animal has the right to wander free it is against nature to force feed them ~ I for one would like to see it stopped ~ Ally

tschamberland said...

What a wonderful addition to a backyard.  And not just lovely to look at, I'm sure it's will be quite fragrant too.

That is by far the most disgusting thing I've read this morning.  I had no idea this was a common practice (here I just thought the used hormones and other not so great supplements like they do with cattle).  I don't eat either of these animals, but the treatment described is horrendous.  


tpiez4me said...

This is why my Papa always loved having his own animals....he knew what they ate! before he killed them for his own!

dcmeyer420 said...

love your tree
Comment from my78novata - 7/30/06 6:48 PM

tendernoggle said...

Love the tree..wonder if one would grow in Ga?
I am so angry that they do this to could you do that and sleep at night???

tkelliher617 said...

Great picture of your orange tree.  Thanks for stopping by my journal also!  I think that is horrible what they do to those poor birds, animal lover here.  Hope that storm does not intensify down your way.  Take care ;) Tabatha

coy1234787 said...

The tree is looking good
and the ban on foie gras
sounds like a good idea.
How awful.
   *** Coy ***