Sunday, November 18, 2007

Turkey Day

I will be away this Thanksgiving (at my in-law's in-law's) and will have no control over our meal. If you do have some control, make sure you think twice about that broad-breasted white.

Here's a story I heard on NPR yesterday on my way to the Farmers@Firehouse market.http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16389601 which explains that 99% of our turkeys are ONE breed. A breed that cannot reproduce by itself. A breed that cannot fly and usually cannot even stand up because of its giant breast. If you don't care about the turkey, think about the fact that all of today's millions of turkeys come from about two hundred parents and live on three CAFOs and think of the genetic nightmare that potentially poses. If you want to read a very interesting and amusing story about trying to raise turkeys on a farm, check out Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle chapter "Hungry Month" pages 316-331.

I'm not sure if you can still get heritage, free-range turkeys here in PA (I mean this close to Thanksgiving). Here are some places to check (compiled, of course, by Marlene Parrish): http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07312/832041-34.stm.

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