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Michael Ginor

Founder and President of Hudson Valley Foie Gras

Michael joined The Guys to talk about foie gras from breeding to marketing. Ginor says, "We use everything but the quack" said.

Several states, including New York, are looking at banning the production of foie gras. Animal rights activists, who are well organized, want the production of foie gras banned because of the "force feeding" of the animals. Michael Ginor explains that this is a process that occurs naturually with the animals - they gorge themselves twice a year in preparation for long mirgrations. The ducks at Hudson Valley Foie Gras roam freely and are hand-fed. The company has a 300 to 1 ratio of ducks to handlers, compared to 30,000-1 at agri-business chicken farms so says Ginor. The mortality rate of foie gras ducks at his farm is 3-5%. Agri-business chickens can approach 30%. So which is crueler to animals?

Tne New York State Assembly was scheduled to vote on legislation banning foie gras production in New York. The measure was tabled at the last minute. Michael discusses the political situation, animal rights activists, Charlie Trotter and trying to keep his business in America and not move it to Canada

Podcast Date: 7/19/2005

The Restaurant Guys

Who Are The Restaurant Guys? Every week, Francis Schott and Mark Pascal host the Restaurant Guys, a show that's as informative as it is fun. Francis and Mark own Stage Left Restaurant in the heart of New Brunswick's theatre district, and, along with their expertise in a wide range of fine dining and wine matters, they bring to the table humor and intelligent conversation, perfect for the midday listener. The show includes discussions and interviews with famous chefs, restaurateurs, wine and food writers, critics; and the Guys even give stuff away occasionally.