Let Them Eat Goose! Uses for the Canada Geese Being Fed to the Poor

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Who wants neck meat? Canada geese to be fed to Pennsylvania's poor.
​In most circles goose is a delicacy. But that's not Canada goose, which New York considers a dangerous, airplane-downing nuisance that craps every seven minutes.

The state has found a way lower the pest population. They're going to capture, slaughter and send 1,000 Canada geese to Pennsylvania food banks.

Hey, it's less wasteful than New York's previous method -- gassing the geese and throwing them in a landfill.

Canada considers its own geese unfit for consumption, even by the poverty-stricken, mostly because plucking and dressing the birds is so labor-intensive. Not only that, says Gail Nyberg, director of Toronto's Daily Bread Food Bank (Canada's largest), the meat tastes bad. "If I won't eat them, I won't serve them -- and I won't eat them. Just because someone is low-income, I don't think we should ask them to eat something that most Canadians wouldn't eat."

Virginia locavore activist Jackson Landers disagrees. Last fall he held an event at a winery, where he served the wild geese that had been eating the vineyard's grapes. He recommends cooking the meat to medium-rare. "It's like a lean beef covered in a layer of good-tasting fat. It's perfectly good food, and eating it would give greater meaning to the cull," says he.

Who knows, maybe you'll see the following dishes come to food bank near you:

Goose Leg Confit

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Goose leg confit.
​Don't let any of that Canada goose fat go to waste! Cover goose legs with rendered fat, roast for six hours, chill in the fat for months and months for a tasty, protein-rich snack for kids who otherwise subsist on cafeteria food. They'll love it!

Goose Liver Pâté

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Goose liver pâté.
​Because Canada geese aren't force-fed, this here pâté doesn't pose the ethical dilemmas of its upscale version. Surely the livers of pest birds that eat New York garbage can't be that toxic.

Goose Jerky

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Goose jerky
​No cash for refrigeration? No problem! Thinly sliced raw goose breast, well-seasoned, can be converted to jerky with a heat source. Like a fire in a trash barrel.

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17 comments
Eric
Eric

Cool beans! Pass around the crackers and pate and chow down! Yum Yummy in the Tummy!

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Beth Scott
Beth Scott

Uhm, is it just me or does this seem rather distasteful. Yes, the Canada Goose is an edible bird in, say, the wild of rural Manitoba, but wouldn't geese hanging out at an airport possibly be contaminated with urban pollutants and the like?  You can't just distribute food that hasn't been safety inspected to the public... right?  Or do Americans not consider the homeless to be members of the public?  Just asking.  http://blogs.villagevoice.com/...

OnyxE
OnyxE

"He recommends cooking the meat to medium-rare. "It's like a lean beef covered in a layer of good-tasting fat. It's perfectly good food, and eating it would give greater meaning to the cull," says he.

hahahahahahahahah.....'it's like a lean beaf'...yeah right... Canada goose is WILD GAME...not quite your average factory farm raised in a very controlled environment cow!

According to the South Caroline Dept of Natural Resources Care in Cooking Game:

Wild game birds should always be cooked thor-oughly. Check visual signs of doneness; juices should run clear and meat should be fork-tender. However, recent research has shown that color and texture indicators alone are not reliable. Using a thermometer is the only reliable way to ensure safety and to determine the “doneness” of meat and poultry. To be safe, a product must be cooked to an internal temperature high enough to destroy any HARMFUL BACTERIA THAT MAY HAVE BEEN IN THE FOOD.http://www.dnr.sc.gov/hunting/...

Bklyngal
Bklyngal

Honestly, none of this looks appetizing.  I'd rather eat goose poop in it's original form.

OnyxE
OnyxE

Are we to seriously believe the goose slaughterers are going to test the bioaccumulation of dioxins, DLCs, and PCB’s etc in every goose?  

“It is almost impossible to identify tainted wild game meat if it has ingested certain chemicals. Unfortunately, little is known about the impact of chemicals on wildlife as few measurements have been taken, making it difficult to assess the ramifications in migratory birds.

Considering that food for waterfowl—which includes shore grasses, algae, and other aquatic plants, small fish, tadpoles, and insects—readily absorbs chemicals from the environment, dioxin and other POPs can progress through the food chain and accumulate in the fat of migratory birds.

A reasonable assumption can be made that migratory birds have bioaccumulated dioxin in concentrations similar to those found in the FAT of domestic ducks where dioxin levels have been tested to be between 276 ppt and 331 ppt.10 - even though “safe” levelsin animal muscle should be less than 0.1 ppt, dioxin has been shown to disrupt the immune system at concentrations as low as 1.0 ppt. This is the equivalent of a single drop of liquid placed in the center car of a ten-kilometer long cargo train.

Even though this seems to be inconsequentially small, THIS TINY DROP CAN CAUSE SUBSTANTIAL HEALTH PROBLEMS IN HUMANS AND WILDLIFE ALIKE."

....from PDF file titled Chapter 15 Sick Migratory Birds

......as for goose liver pate...it is the liver that tries to detoxify the body of toxins and thus best for goose killers to eat ....it might kill them!!

OnyxE
OnyxE

"State and federal wildlife agencies have been trying to win public support for theirill-conceived goose killing programs by using a false-charity publicity stuntwherein they force the dead birds onto local food banks. Recent studies in Ohioand New York have confirmed that, because geese feed on contaminated lawns andmay spend time around industrial sites, their flesh is unsuitable for humanconsumption.

Desperate to put a positive spin on their goose killing programs, the DNR hasproposed a flimsy testing protocol designed to get the "right"answer. According to Dr. Pearson "...the proposed testing is of littlevalue, except perhaps to fabricate a deception that the Department isperforming meaningful monitoring of health hazards posed by urban Canada geeseto support its urban Canada goose control program."http://www.canadageese.org/new...

Patty Adjamine
Patty Adjamine

"Goose leg confit?"  Who took a big bite out of this leg already?  Or, was the goose body already in advanced rigormortis before you cooked it up and tried to drown it in gravy?

Patty Adjamine
Patty Adjamine

Oooooooo, and that "goose liver pate!"  Looks like what my dog does when something violently disagrees with her. Time to break out the Pepto Bismol.

Patty Adjamine
Patty Adjamine

"Goose jerky!!"  WOW, does that look sumptious!   Like rock hard gobs of poop, decorated with vomit.

Patty Adjamine
Patty Adjamine

How are your grapes doing, Mr. Lander?  I hear those mean geese bite pretty hard.  LOL.

Patty Adjamine
Patty Adjamine

Looks like Jackson took personal offense at that statement about the "wild geese eating his grapes."

Poor boy.  It must be true.

Patty Adjamine
Patty Adjamine

I am willing to buy up a whole bunch of Pepperich Farms frozen cakes to donate to the poor in Pennsylvania.

They would be a hell of lot healthier than the mercury, lead and pesticide leden "feast" that our fair and "generous" city is foisting off on the poor in Pennsylvania.  Most of the geese will be dead anyway from heat, terror, stress and crowding by the time they reach their "final destination" in Pa more than two hours from NYC.  

Certainly, we cannot feed rotting carcasses even to the poor.

Never look a gift goose in the mouth.

Mike N.
Mike N.

I bet Gerard Craft could cook up some tasty canadian goose!

Jackso  Landers
Jackso Landers

You are mistaken -- I do not own a winery or a grape farm. That event was on someone else's land.

-Jackson Landers

jinx
jinx

They should do this to the geese on the UMSL campus.

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