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Why the Biggest Thanksgiving Lie May Be the Turkey on Your Table

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As our food has become more processed and industrialized, so has Thanksgiving dinner. Sadly, it's the turkey itself that has changed the most since the time of the Pilgrims.


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Francisca Kear (2)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 8:52 am

Sir Walk F (124)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 9:02 am
yeah, i think not mentioning the genocide of an entire continent of people is a bigger lie, but thats just me

Donn M (56)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 11:23 am
Growing your own or harvesting a wild turkey are other options, too.

Saturday November 20, 2010, 12:39 pm
History can be interesting, but really, who can vouch for what anyone says about it? Every historian has a point of view and wants to accentuate it.

Buying from local reputable farms is still a good option.
Factory farming should be abolished in order to save the food supply from irreparable damage. ALL of our food is in danger with GMO and chemical additives.

Personally, I think Thanksgiving should be the celebration of the harvest, and that no one should go hungry... ever.

Kathlene Lentz (30)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 1:07 pm
I wonder where you would even look for a "heritage" turkey? With so few farmers breeding and raising them, and so few turkeys per farmer, locating one could be the hardest part of preparing dinner.

Marta Weiss (0)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 1:15 pm
interesting, noted!

April Thompson (2)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 1:25 pm

Anne P (174)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 1:47 pm
How about giving turkeys a break by elebrating a vegan Thanksgiving this year? Here's a link to get you started:

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 1:48 pm
Very thought-provoking and needs some time to digest (no pun intended, promise). Will get back after sleeping on this

Ana F (128)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 1:56 pm

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 2:32 pm
Noted. Thank you.

Wendye Kolles (58)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 2:33 pm
Noted. Thanks.

Scott Amundsen (0)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 2:45 pm
$72 for a turkey as opposed to $8. That is what people in my income bracket call a *no-brainer.* I don't care if the white meat on the Heritage turkey is so light it floats off the plate; the bottom line is I could not possibly afford such a monstrous extravagance.

Claudia O (73)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 2:58 pm
Just say NO to meat!

Aletta Kraan (146)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 3:35 pm
Noted , thanks , don't care much for turkey meat !!

Nancy sands (448)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 4:08 pm
Go Veg and leave the poor turkeys alone! What did they ever do to humans?

Carmen Ares (3)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 4:27 pm
Noted Thanks !

Anne K (139)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 4:50 pm
Nancy Sands - You cannot currently send a star to nancy because you have done so within the last week.

How can people happily celebrate a holiday which has come to revolve around the mass murder of harmless animals?

Elisa Wolfe (0)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 5:25 pm
Watching my family handle a skinned and fleshy turkey, in the process of stuffing it's gutted insides and
tying up it's legs, made me very sad. The sight of it's legs being greedily pulled from it's body made me
sick. The turkey's use as a ritualistic symbol of a shaded and selectively recounted time in history
is outdated and inhumane. Be thankful and helpful in your everyday life. The, once a year, Thanksgiving
we have been taught to celebrate is a sham.

Bon L (0)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 5:39 pm
Thanks for the info.

Justin R (0)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 6:06 pm
Why kill the wild turkeys - they have been already successfully eliminated!

Kris B (136)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 6:52 pm
If you do not know for sure the turkey roamed around (free range) without hormones and chemicals then don't buy it. It has a terrible life and probably could not even stand. The" things" that factory farms raise are cancer causing lumps of fatty flesh. Please don't support factory farm animals.

Ancil S (175)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 8:27 pm
I'd suggest roasted veggies instead of roasted turkey.

Alicia N (87)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 9:25 pm
Interested article but it saddess me so much all the killing and I am not talking about animals. I got my Tofurky - vegetarian feast - at Whole Foods for 6 people, very afforable, yummie and healthy. Thanks for the info. and have an amazing day...

Valjean O (23)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 12:13 am
Hmmm.... No turkey for me doing a VEG feast!

Diane L (110)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 1:16 am
To each, their own, and nobody forces anyone to buy a commercially raised turkey. There ARE turkeys raised in humane conditions, which were free-roaming, but just not "wild". I lived next door to someone who raised such birds for years. Eat a "vegan" dinner if you wish, or not if that's your choice. I also would RATHER do a bit of shopping around to get one that is NOT "factory farmed", even if I have to pay a bit more, but would never pay $72 for one, that's for sure! I agree with Marilyn.

pam M (98)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 1:19 am
Why is it that what's supposedly healthy for us is so darn expensive? I try very hard to eat what I'm told is healthy, but my grocery bill is insane. It's another rip off of consumers. We're fed garbage science by the media to plump up a particular farming interest and fed nothing but lies. Told in the same breath that we're all obese. That's because some can't afford to eat correctly. No way I'm I ever going to spend what constitutes a light bill payment on something that's going to end up in the toilet eventually. No one is honest anymore just more con artist on a daily quest to fleece the citizenry. And as far as those boasting vegan . . hell have you seen the price of vegetarian items lately?

Mike Feenaughty (267)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 3:13 am

Gary C (5)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 7:53 am
noted thankyou.....

Reynard Loki (16)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 8:46 am
"When you sit down to your Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, waiting for the main attraction to be brought in on a platter, take a moment to think about where it came from and how it found its way to your table. After all, your turkey is not the same wily, energetic, tasty bird that struck our ancestors as the perfect centerpiece for an American holiday." (from Patrick Martins' famous 2003 New York Times essay, "About a Bird,"

Denina T (12)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 12:08 pm
Thanks. Where's the real food anymore? Are we just going to continue being lied to?

Renata B (136)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 12:33 pm
Free range or not, it's always a baby who is killed, less than one year old while a turkey can live many, many years: there is no way to pass that for compassion and appease the conscience. Thanksgiving is an expression of gratitude and relief; it should never be mixed with cruelty.

Judith H (27)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 12:51 pm
Having tasted wild turkey and compared it to a boughten butterball...there is no comparison. The butterball is just that-full of unnatural chemicals. The Wild turkey if cooked properly is a wonderful taste to the pallette. Even eating nowadays has become too 'commercial'.

Janice P (55)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 1:41 pm
Personally, I don't care what the origins of Thanksgiving are. Here is what it always meant to me. A wonderful family day with a big feast, warm, wonderful feelings and smells in the house, everyone together at the table, using our best china and silverware, real napkins, lit candles, thoughts of my mother and grandparents' families still in Germany and Austria, watching wonderful holiday specials on TV. It was always a magical time of year.

When my grandparents and mother came to this country in 1927, they had never heard of Thanksgiving, but, eager to assimilate, they adopted the traditional approach to this wonderful holiday. It was a family mainstay every single year of my life, for 63 years, until this year. There will be no family Thanksgiving dinner for me this year because all of my family members have died, my mother being the most recent. I would give anything to have my family back, to celebrate what was always the second most wonderful holiday for our family. The people in our lives are more important than any other thing, including the origins of Thanksgiving. I am feeling that with particular difficulty at this time of year.

Apart from having said that, I agree with those who say that $72 for a turkey is grossly outrageous. My hard working, thrifty family would never have wasted money so foolishly. Food must be affordable, or people simply cannot buy - particularly in this economy. A family's needs must come first over "politically correct" food. After all, you cannot even roast a bird or make any other kind of meal, if you spend the little money you have on one turkey while your heat or lights are shut off. Sometimes, common sense seems to take a holiday - and I don't mean Thanksgiving.

Patricia C (96)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 2:24 pm
I have fond memories of Thanksgiving also, before my mother died. Family traditions, and gatherings, can be a joy. I cooked my last turkey for the family when she was dying, even though it made me sick to cook and handle the dead turkey. Now, I see no reason why families can't get together to celebrate this holiday without slaughtering a zillion turkeys, and remembering how many Native Americans died trying to protect their home and way of life. It's all about that "comfort zone" thing, it IS painful to leave it....

. (0)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 4:05 pm
Thank you for the information

Patricia A (0)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 4:41 pm
Thank you. I am vegan and thankful for it. Happy Thanksliving everyone.

Sir Walk F (124)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 7:35 pm
Pamela- You are more than likely used to prices kept artificially low by government subsidies. Spending extra money on food can be a very wise investment. And if you take the time to source good, local farmers, you can very likely find creative ways to barter for products and services.

Be creative. Shopping at the grocery store should be a last resort.

Melissah C (389)
Monday November 22, 2010, 2:15 am

Vijay Tankha (28)
Monday November 22, 2010, 4:05 am
Tradition is so important, but can be devastating when seen what happens to turkeys in the US and goats, sheep, cows and camels during the festival of Bakr Id. Why cannot something symbolic be used instead. The lives of the turkeys is quite detestable long months before the great event, as for the festival of Bakr Id, better not to mention the agonies that are born by these mute, sacrificial animals. So many peoples have turned to symbolic offerings. In fact the money spent on these gruesome offerings should be given to the less privledged in the communities, those who nave have a morsel to eat.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Monday November 22, 2010, 6:02 am
In Australia, it is traditional to have Turkey for Christmas. Nowadays my my sons and daughters in law do the cooking, but when I did it, we had what my sons called "the Lesser Spotted Brush Tofu" with traditional stuffing. It was delicious.

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Monday November 22, 2010, 7:03 am
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