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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.”
Why This Matters: In the 1980s canned tuna was a staple food found in nearly every pantry in America. But these days tuna are harder and harder to catch, as the wildly popular Netflix documentary Seaspiracy explained to many who were simply unaware of how their tuna roll or melt was impacting the ocean.
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A year ago, things seemed bad for New Jersey’s oyster growers — restaurants shut down during the pandemic, hampering the oyster market, and sending farmers into a tailspin. But now, sales are back and better than ever. Scott Lennox, a founder of the Barnegat Oyster Collective, told the New York […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Maine’s wild blueberries may be in trouble. Scientists at the University of Maine have found that the state’s blueberry fields are warming at a much faster rate than the rest of New England. This could dry out the soil, threatening the beloved berries and the farmers who grow them. […]
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