Campbell Soup, major parts of Apple, Comcast and other major firms are leaving the State due to high taxes and job killing regulations.  Small businesses are also forced to leave due to the same problems.  This Napa based business was given two choices by the State—close down or move.

Wonder how much in taxes she paid to Sacramento, spent in the area and money given to local government entities?  All of that is gone.  Now you know why we are in a Depression.

““If I had stayed in California, not only would I not be able to sell to Californians, I wouldn’t be able to sell to the rest of the United States,” Pine moved her one-woman, Napa Valley-based Internet business selling foie gras, truffles, caviar and other gourmet foods to Reno last year to avoid the ban that would have shut her down.”

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Gourmet food business relocates from California to Reno after foie gras ban

INEDC,   1/2/13

“If I had stayed in California, not only would I not be able to sell to Californians, I wouldn’t be able to sell to the rest of the United States,” Pine moved her one-woman, Napa Valley-based Internet business selling foie gras, truffles, caviar and other gourmet foods to Reno last year to avoid the ban that would have shut her down.

Yun Long, RGJ, Jan 2 2012

The casinos. The ski resorts. The special events. The foie gras?

Reno could capitalize on a potential tourist draw because California has banned selling foie gras, and those who love the gourmet food are willing to travel here to get it, said Laurel Pine, owner and co-founder of Mirepoix USA.

Pine moved her one-woman, Napa Valley-based Internet business selling foie gras, truffles, caviar and other gourmet foods to Reno last year to avoid the ban that would have shut her down.

“If I had stayed in California, not only would I not be able to sell to Californians, I wouldn’t be able to sell to the rest of the United States,” she said.

Foie gras, which is made from fattened goose or duck liver, makes up about 40 percent of her sales, and about 70 percent of her sales occur during the holiday season. She offers more than 40 foie gras products.

A new law, which went into effect on July 1, banned the sale of foie gras within California. Hundreds of restaurants pulled the item from menus, and California stores no longer stock it. California’s only foie gras farm, Sonoma Farm, closed.

The California ban was passed after animal rights activists argued that gavage, the forced feeding of geese and ducks through funnel-like tubes to enlarge their livers, is cruel and inhumane.

But there is no evidence the poultry is harmed during this process, Pine said. It’s a 4,000-year-old process, derived from when the early Egyptians discovered that livers of fattened birds changed to a buttery consistency. France is the largest producer and consumer of the delicacy today.

“Honestly, any animal that is raised for food is probably not living an ideal life because they are going to be killed anyway,” Pine said. “I really don’t think that foie gras is any different than any other animal that is raised for food. I respect people that are against that concept, but foie gras shouldn’t be singled out.”

Fewer than a dozen restaurants in the Reno and Sparks area currently serve foie gras, including Beaujolais Bistro and 4th St. Bistro.

 

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i am far from a PETA nut, but even I have a problem with how the ducks/geese for foie gras are treated. I think we can still use animals in our food system without being wantonly cruel. Those that have no problem the technique should have to experience it for a week or two, if you come back and say I could easily go another week, then I will reconsider.

January 3, 2013 at 10:13 pm

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