Originally Posted by lulu
I am not vegetarian but I guess that most are trying not to purposely inflict suffering and if a wasp is unknowingly in their fig they can't help it.
I disagree. It's become quite a common and unfortunate stereotype that vegeterians are all pro animal rights or care about animal suffering at all, actually. Honestly, a lot of us -- myself included -- just don't like to eat meat the way some people don't like liver or pig knuckles: it's just plain gross. And then there are also those who are vegetarian for dietary reasons, religious reasons, and the list goes on. I'm not saying there aren't vegetarians who chose their diet because they felt bad for causing animals suffering, but I wouldn't go as to say they are a majority.
But back to figs, I found on the wikipedia entry for "fig wasp" that the fig can have three different types of flowers: male, long female, and short female. Male flowers are only in caprifigs, which we don't eat. Now the long female flowers can be pollinated by the wasp but she can't lay eggs in them, so she simply dies in the fig. Thus these species of fig contain only one dead female. Short female flowers can be both pollinated and she can lay her eggs in them, so those would have both the dead female and the dead male wasps.
As I said before, there are some mutant cultivars of fig where the fruits will develop without fertile seeds. Wikipedia says that such cultivars ae in fact commercially viable and used in some operations. So then I guess this is going to be a long and arduous hunt for companies that exclusively use these varieties
Oh well, it's been down before with wine, cheese, beer, and liquor, so I guess it'll just have to be done again.