How Turkeys Got Supersized

November 26, 2014 6:06 PM

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How Turkeys Got Supersized

While the number of individual turkeys raised and slaughtered in the U.S. each year is declining, total production of turkey meat has remained stable—pound-wise.

Thanksgiving, the most food-focused of American holidays, provides a hearty occasion for this reminder: The dominant fruits, vegetables, and animals in modern farming are products of highly unnatural selection. Consider corn, which evolved from a fairly small, hard-to-eat plant called teosinte into ...

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