The Truth About Turkey

Factory Farmed TurkeyWith the holidays just around the corner, turkey will be the staple food on millions of American’s tables. But what many of us are not aware of are the many distinctions between the manner in which turkeys are raised. The mainstream industry raises turkeys in extremely unnatural ways; according to PETA, turkeys are “genetically manipulated to grow as large as possible as quickly as possible to increase profits.”

So, in order to protect and protest the unnatural treatment of turkeys, try instead purchasing from organic turkey farms, like Mary’s. Mary’s Certified Free-Range Organic Turkeys are the raised with the most humane farming practices used on the market. The turkeys have freedom to move around and are raised with a premium diet void of any chemical stimulators. The turkey feed used does not contain any animal byproducts, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics, pesticide treated grains, grains grown with chemical fertilizers, or synthetic amino acids.

Although free-range, all natural, and pasture-raised turkeys are a step up from farm-raised, they are not organic (more on the differences between free range and organic can be found here).  They are raised on healthful grains and allowed to roam in larger areas, but still are not USDA certified organic. Another type of turkey that is raised more naturally than the farm-raised turkeys that overwhelm the turkey industry is the free-range heritage turkey.

The heritage turkey is based on the first breed of turkeys that existed in the United States and is bred naturally in order to insure running and flying abilities. These extra activities result in larger thigh meat, superior taste, and less cooking time. So this holiday season, instead of buying the typical farm-raised turkey, think about protecting animal rights and try purchasing online organic turkeys. These turkeys are not only raised under more natural circumstances, but also have a much richer, more enjoyable taste!

Additional links to help find your organic turkey!

Applegate Farms Organic Turkey

Williams Sonoma Willie Turkey

Diestel Ranch

Good Earth Farms

Local Harvest