It’s almost Thanksgiving and everyone’s talking turkey again. We thought we’d chime in and talk about turkeys, too. After all, it is their day, right?
Have you read or seen the recent news about Butterball announcing a shortage of their big turkeys this year? People are wondering why, but Butterball isn’t telling them. Here’s a possible reason: the turkeys either got very sick or they died. A little background as to why:
”Two decades ago the goal of every grower was to ensure that the flock grew as rapidly as possible. However, the industry has developed a broiler that, if grown as rapidly as possible, will achieve a body mass that cannot be supported by the bird’s heart, respiratory system or skeleton. The situation has forced growers to make a choice. Is it more profitable to grow the biggest bird possible and have increased mortality due to heart attacks, ascites, and leg problems…? A large portion of growers’ pay is based on the pound of saleable meat produced, so simple calculations suggest that it is better to get the weight and ignore the mortality.” – a prominent poultry researcher as quoted by the Humane Society of the United States
Knowledge is power. Thus, an informed consumer is a powerful one. Read more information on the turkey industry from Farm Sanctuary.
Disinclined to eat turkeys, but still wanting that taste and experience? Choose a plant-based option like Field Roast’s Celebration Roast, which is vegan, or Quorn’s Turk’y Roast (this one has egg-white) as the center of your plate! Both can be found in the frozen foods section of Whole Foods and other large grocery stores. You can also choose from HSUS’s delicious Thanksgiving recipes online or simply do an online search of “vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes” for lots and lots of additional yummy ideas.
Wishing everyone a peace-filled Thanksgiving.