Organic turkeys make for a healthier Thanksgiving

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 22, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11)-  People are thinking about turkey as we get closer to Thanksgiving.
 
In this week's Project Green, meteorologist Jamie Martin takes a look at some special turkeys that you just might want to invite to your holiday meal.

“Everyone loves Thanksgiving meals, and now you can have that turkey and be healthier too,” said Martin

All of the turkeys are pastured, which means they have access to graze on grass. Most turkeys that are commercially produced only get about 2 1/2 sq. feet so they can't move around. These turkeys get room to roam which allows them to graze on the grass.

All of the turkeys are also hormone and antibiotic free.

Most turkeys that are commercially produced are given antibiotics, which is because the turkeys are kept in such close proximity to each other.  The antibiotics help prevent other turkeys from getting sick if one gets sick. No organic or free range turkeys are given any antibiotics. All of the turkeys are guaranteed to be antibiotic free.

There are different types of turkeys to choose from. The heritage birds are going to be a leaner bird. It more closely resembles a wild turkey.

There are also those certified organic turkeys which are more your traditional broad breasted white bird, but they are treated very humanely. They are fed certified organic feed and they have access to be turkeys, to be outside.
 

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