Tuesday, 22 November 2011 11:39
Thanksgiving Ideas: Make This One (Eco) Friendly
Aside from getting a day off, the thing people most look forward to on Thanksgiving is eating. Even though most of the ingredients for the dishes are available year round, or at least for a few months in the season, there are specific foods we only eat on this late November day. Mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie...and turkey. Many call this holiday Turkey Day because it's all about eating the bird. In fact, over 300 million turkeys are killed for Thanksgiving each year, after living a miserable life with no room to move, standing around in their own excrement, and being pumped full of antibiotics - doesn't sound so festive.
How about we call it ThanksLIVING instead? Focus on making the world a happier, more loving place. A healthier, more eco-friendly alternative would be to leave out the meat and focus on all the delicious dishes made from vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts and seeds. Looking for ideas? Check out this video.
If that's not inspiring enough, how about this home video from my childhood, which features me and my sister playing with our pet turkey Friendly. I send a little prayer to him every Thanksgiving, because I'm thankful for the joy and love he brought me: