A Sustainable Thanksgiving

11.16.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

Thanksgiving is a great holiday and it is enjoyed by many an American. It’s a day for football, family, and a day that we remember how our ancestors came together to celebrate the harvest they had received that summer and to thank the earth for the plentiful crops it provided. Since Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks, isn’t it also appropriate to thank the earth for all of the food it has provided us with. What better day could we choose to try and take a step towards more sustainable living and eating habits than on Thanksgiving?

There are some simple steps you and your family can take this Thanksgiving to enjoy a more sustainable Thanksgiving dinner. First, try to buy a turkey that was produced organically or that is free range. The processes used to produce these turkeys are less harmful to the environment and they have a smaller impact on the environment in terms of agricultural land degradation and pollutant emissions. Also you can have peace of mind in the fact that your Thanksgiving turkey was allowed to live a pleasant and enjoyable life before it was returned to us as food in the circle of life!

Other ways you can have a more sustainable Thanksgiving are by buying and using organic fruits and vegetables in your side dishes, and by eating fruits and vegetables that are seasonally appropriate this time of year. Many tasty dishes can be made from pumpkins, squash, and cranberries, all of which are locally grown at this time of year and are very festive for Thanksgiving.

There are several different, tasty, and interesting recipes online for many main dishes and side dishes that are both delicious and sustainable for a Thanksgiving meal!

http://www.asapconnections.org/thanksgivingrecipes.html

http://www.treehugger.com/slideshows/green-food/8-better-than-turkey-thanksgiving-entrees-plus-two-guilt-free-birds/page/6/

Happy Cooking!

-Aimee Morrison

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