14 Nov '11, 11am

Something to be thankful for: Real turkeys make a comeback via @grist

Something to be thankful for: Real turkeys make a comeback via @grist

Royal Palm Turkey, one of eight varieties considered to be heritage breeds. Photo: Amy Martin Pachay In 1997, The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC) took a turkey census. For about half a century, nearly every turkey farm in the U.S. had been raising a breed known as the Broad Breasted White. (This cost-efficient, big-breasted bird has a lifespan of only 18 weeks and can neither walk, fly, nor reproduce without artificial insemination). So when the ALBC went looking for other, older breeds of turkey, what they found was startling: They counted only 1,300 turkeys not bred for industrial purposes. In the whole country. As Emily Anne Vaughan, of Slow Food USA , puts it, the efficiency associated with the new bird "came with a great loss of diversity." And, if you're not old enough to remember a time before the Broad Breasted White, you may be surprised that the ALBC...

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