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The Turkey Wars

Thanksgiving can be a tough time for people who don’t eat poultry, especially when their relatives are enthusiastic meat eaters. No doubt plenty of vegans are sitting down to a family meal that disgusts them, and families aren’t always as sympathetic as they should be since many devoted meat eaters still can’t understand how anyone can survive on a diet devoid of animal flesh.

The compassionate host will have plenty of veggie side dishes at the table to bridge the schism. Vegetarians, have you seen this delightful Adopt-a-Turkey website that hooks up happy turkeys with foster families for a fee? Check it out.


Here’s an article with the whole quandary in reverse: Beliefnet editor Alana Kornfeld writes about how she used to decorate the Thanksgiving Turkey Squash at her parents macrobiotic holiday suppers. Apparently, Alana chooses to eat some poultry now, but she has fond memories of her family’s meat-free holiday suppers.

Whatever you eat this weekend and in the coming weeks, enjoy it! If you keep up with your always-healthy consumption of eight glasses of water daily, you won’t overeat. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! (By the way, I’m taking an at-home vacation next week, and’s spirituality editor Valerie Reiss is going to be substituting.)

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Earle Young

posted November 27, 2006 at 2:32 am

While our family will eat just about any type of food, we have become mindful of how that food is produced. For the last couple of years, we have gotten our turkey from a local organic farmer who raises an heirloom breed of turkey. We can not only feel good about the quality of these birds, but they taste way better than the breast-heavy frozen factory birds most people eat. See

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