Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Frogs naturally came up in conversation. According to my hosts, during the "season" for frogs, which is apparently now, restaurants in Lyon chew through twelve tons of frog legs every day. As France's entire annual frog crop is only about twelve tons, the huge difference has to come from abroad. So where do most of the frogs imported by the restaurants of Lyon come from?
Or so said my hosts, who claimed extensive knowledge of the subject. Bizarrely, though, there is no mention of Kuwait as a major frog exporter in the study, The World Market for Frogs' Legs: A 2005 Global Trade Perspective, which is available for only $795. A Google search involving "Kuwait" and "frog exports" turns up references to the FROG missile system, which is not food, even in Lyon. So what gives? This, gentle reader, is what we call a mystery.
Please see the following webiste for important issues with the decline of amphibian species, and in particular frogs, worldwide:
As far as I am concerned we can add this to the ongoing list of French ecological sins including atom bombs in paradise, unlimited nuclear plant expansion, and smoking of gitanes in enclosed spaces.