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A vegetarian or even vegan Thanksgiving does not have to be a sacrifice! This year, there are more ways to prepare a meatless Thanksgiving meal, with recipes in abundance (keep reading). And more Americans than ever are preparing meat-free meals this Thanksgiving, according to Time Magazine — due to climate change and health reasons.
Why This Matters: Time reports that a Neilsen poll taken in December 2018 found that more than 60% of Americans are willing to cut back on their meat consumption in order to personally reduce their carbon footprint. Tofurky, the tofu turkey replacement, may not be for everyone, but the company now sells 400,000 roasts each holiday season. Turkey has historically been part of the national “culture” of the Thanksgiving holiday, down to the President’s turkey pardon. In war times during the last century, going meatless was seen as a patriotic duty. Who knows, maybe that sentiment can take hold again. This year, I (Monica) will one of the growing number of Americans who will be making salmon as an alternative for those who want to go meatless in our house.
Country Living Magazine’s October 14 issue featured 42 of the “Best Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes for a Meatless Turkey Day Dinner”
But a Reuters story reprinted by The New York Times claims that some are still not satisfied — they want the flavor of turkey without the meat and that there still is not a plant-based alternative that “hits the mark for turkey flavor and texture the same way plant-based options have nailed the beef target.”
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Food waste is a serious concern in the United States — every year, between 30 and 40% of all food in the country is unsold or uneaten. The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC), ReFED, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), among […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new analysis from the World Wildlife Fund lays out a plan to use the existing logistical infrastructure of the United States Postal Service to distribute millions of tons of food from farmers directly to consumers. Each year, an estimated 17 million tons of crops never leave the farm, despite millions of Americans living in […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer While humans have been domesticating crops for the past 10,000 years, we also need wild variants of the crops we cultivate as they have traits that make them more resistant to disease and resilient to environmental changes. We can breed these traits into our domesticated crops. But a new […]
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