Less food, equally thankful: Families chose smaller turkeys this Thanksgiving

Less food, equally thankful: Families chose smaller turkeys this Thanksgiving

It’s the quality not the quantity that counts, as the saying goes, and an increase in selling tiny turkeys for Thanksgiving celebration is already starting to appear in an effort to change American gastronomy. Traditional image of a huge bird in the center of a decorated table is still canon but more and more millennials with smaller families start changing their festive habits driven by the ‘’guilt’’ over wasteful leftovers and preference for free-range fowl.
Ariane Daguin, co-founder and owner of D’Artagnan LLC, said in Bloomberg that: ‘’ It is not natural to grow turkeys up to 30 pounds’’. Birds that have grown up this way have no room to move around which results to their enormous size.

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As mentioned above, the main reason behind this trend, is the appearance of smaller families than before. Last year, the majority of American households had just one or two people while there also have a significant rising on single-homes.
In the bright site, reducing the meat quantities people buy leads to reducing food waste. Natural Recourses Defense Council has announced that every year during Thanksgiving period about 200 million pounds of turkey meet is tossed so, choosing smaller meat quantities, makes us more socially responsible. After all, in this way we also thank nature for what it provides us!

Polyxeni Karavasilis