Liberating Lobsters

After finishing off the last of San Francisco’s supply of Foie Gras on Saturday, the day before a state-wide ban on the delicious liver delicacy, I became hyper aware of the destruction that could be done by folks who resent the overfeeding of geese but sometimes turn their heads when an employee of an industrial milk factory beats the crap out of a young and useless male cow destined to become bob veal. Heaven help you if you’re not a cute animal.

Anyway, the real story is that a couple of Germans walked into a restaurant on Sardinia’s vaunted emerald coast and paid 500 euro to have the restaurant’s supply of live lobsters liberated.

The rich, of course, can do anything they want with their money, including turning lobsters back to the sea to be eaten by bigger animals. More power to them and their crustaceans. They should have gone to Bosa for their lobsters as we recommend in Sardinia Inside Out, but then they’d have to rub shoulders with hoi polloi like me.

In any case, if all the hard core activists have their way, perhaps the world will return to the “land of milk and honey,” meaning that people will only eat the food that animals process (furry portable factories, or FPF) but are efficient enough within that production to manufacture some food for people.

Imagine. A boring but moral diet. If you don’t mind you food producers murdering some plant life along the way that is.

Of course, the clever production of an FPF’s output can also add variety. Food writer Micheal Ruhlman recently declared July to be Butter as a Vegetable Month. Yep, butter is just vegetable matter processed through a cow.

Of course, no one is standing up for the field grasses or the zucchini. There’s something that should be remedied. Up with oats!

Liberating Lobsters originally appeared on wanderingsardinia.com Jul 03, 2012, © James Martin

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