21 Nov '11, 10pm

95 billion gallons of water & $275mill will be thrown away this Thanksgiving in the form of leftover turkey.

As if Turkey Pot Pie and Turkey A La King aren’t enticing enough on their own, here’s another reason to eat leftovers this holiday season: about 1 million tons of CO2, 95 billion gallons of water, and $275 million will be thrown away this Thanksgiving in the form of leftover turkey. The USDA reports that 35% of perfectly good turkey meat in the U.S. does not get eaten after it is purchased by consumers (and that’s not including bones). This compares with only 15% for chicken. Why is so much more turkey wasted than chicken? “Possibly because turkey is more often eaten during holidays when consumers may tend to discard relatively more uneaten food than on other days,” the USDA writes. Here’s the math: Producing one pound of turkey meat releases 5 kg of CO2 emissions according to the Environmental Working Group and uses about 468 gallons of water (if it’s similar to chicken p...

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