Thursday, November 27, 2008

Not Your Grandma's Turkey


And we wonder why we're all getting fat. (Click the image below to enlarge.)

The traditional Thanksgiving dinner reflects the enormous amount of change that foods and the food systems that produce them have undergone, particularly over the last 50 years. Nearly all varieties of crops have experienced large genetic changes as big agriculture companies hacked their DNA to provide greater hardiness and greater yields. The average pig, turkey, cow and chicken have gotten larger at an astounding rate, and they grow with unprecedented speed. A modern turkey can mature to a given weight at twice the pace of its predecessors.

In comparison with old-school agriculture or single-gene genetic modification, these changes border on breathtaking. Imagine your children reaching full maturity at 10 years old.


By the way, Grandma's turkey had those beautiful colors we all remember from grade school craft projects.

Today's ginormous turkeys are bred to be all white.

And they're artificially inseminated for size.

Take that, Bible thumpers. You're eating genetically modified meat today.

Tee hee.

"For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities, and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are."
-Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)

Best bar bet in the world: Delilah didn't do it.
Judges 16:19-- and and


Blogger morninmist said...

I read (do not know if true) that they are white cause of the plucking. If pluck dark feathers they do not look nice on the table. genetics will fix that some day

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving, sister.

10:59 AM  

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