Reuters 20070618: Geese get revenge: Pate may cause rare disease


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Call it one of the ultimate come-uppence. Humans put geese through immeasureable suffering to get that most cruel of gourmet cruelty, foie gras.

You see this sometimes

But are you aware of see this?

Foie Gras – it is nothing more than diseased goose liver. And artificially diseased liver at that.

 

The liver on the left has been fattened by force feeding to make foie gras, compared to an ordinary duck liver on the right.

 


The liver on the left has been fattened by force feeding to make foie gras, compared to an ordinary duck liver on the right. (source)

A good list of Foie Gras articles can be found here.

So the fact it comes back to bite humans in our collective behind is an inevitability, bound to happen, just like bird flu IS a virus of our own hatching.

The Reuters article opens:

Geese force-fed and then slaughtered for their livers may get their final revenge on people who favor the delicacy known as foie gras: It may transmit a little-known disease known as amyloidosis, researchers reported on Monday.

It discourses on what amyloidosis is and who its friends are

Sometimes Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is described as a type of amyloidosis as well.

Symptoms are often vague and range from fatigue and weight loss to swelling and kidney damage.

Like CJD, mad cow disease, scrapie and related diseases, amyloidosis is marked by abnormal protein fragments. In the case of CJD, the proteins are called prions.

“On this basis, we posit that this and perhaps other forms of amyloidosis may be transmissible, akin to the infectious nature of prion-related illnesses,” the researchers added.

It ends with suggestions of other possible sources of this disease

“In addition to foie gras, meat derived from sheep and seemingly healthy cattle may represent other dietary sources of this material.”

Read the whole Geese get revenge: Pate may cause rare disease article.

Meantime, if you are concerned about the impact of eating meat on your health, or just want to learn more about going vegetarian, try these sites I collected under the heading: Does your grub bleed?

 

So, where did your steak come from?


Go, grass-eater!

Bless is he who refuses meat (Online essays, comments, resources about going meatless from the religious perspective)


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