The Spanish Farm on a Mission to Make Humane Foie Gras

For Pateria de Sousa, foie gras is more than just a business.

On a whirlwind tour across the globe to document sustainable food, the team from Perennial Plate stops in Spain to meet one family dedicated to reversing the stigma surrounding a certain European delicacy. Creators Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine speak with the people behind Pateria de Sousa, a picturesque farm in the business of producing ethical, sustainable foie gras.

One of the most controversial foods around today, foie gras has been condemned in animal rights campaigns for the industry’s gruesome practice of force-feeding ducks and geese. At Pateria de Sousa, animals roam free and the farmers "recreate the natural instincts," they say, so that "the animal generates the necessary fat." When they "sacrifice" geese, they use a method of hypnosis that they believe is more humane. 

While industrial producers from France and elsewhere have journeyed to the farm to see its methods for themselves, some question the family’s limited production rate. The father responds, “Everything is not about making money. Our system isn’t just a business. It’s a way of life.”

For more from the Perennial Plate, visit their site.

Alessandra Ram is a former writer and producer for The Atlantic Video Channel. Her work has also appeared in Foreign Policy.

Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. Who cares about youth? James Hamblin turns to his colleague Jeffrey Goldberg for advice.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. James Hamblin turns to a colleague for advice.

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

Video

Pittsburgh: 'Better Than You Thought'

How Steel City became a bikeable, walkable paradise

Video

A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

Video

Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

More in Video

Just In