In the past, the Eco Women have advocated that it’s most environmentally friendly to eat mostly local seasonal foods for your Turkey Day dinner. They still believe that, however, they understand that it’s not feasible for some people and other people don’t want to make changes to their family’s traditional meal.
The Eco Women have also written in the past about why organic heritage turkeys are the way to go. However, if you’ve priced one of those, the fact is, they’re out of most families’ budgets. In Recycla’s town, a locally-raised organic bird would cost $50-100, depending on the size and the farm that she orders it from. That’s a lot of money for just one part of one meal, even when factoring in the leftovers.
But there’s also the issue that not everyone likes turkey or even eats animal products. Recycla and her household don’t care for turkey all that much, so if they were cooking Thanksgiving at home (as opposed to traveling to be with family), they would bake a chicken instead.
So Recycla suggests that you do the best you can. If you can find local apples for apple pie, that would be great and not too expensive. The same goes for pumpkins, which are easy to cook. If you’re from the northeast, then hopefully cranberries are easy for you to source locally. Beyond the food itself, use cloth napkins and look for other ways to cut back on waste. Every little change you implement does make a difference.
Thanksgiving is about being with your family and friends. It’s about being thankful for what you have. So do what you can and don’t sweat the rest.