Thanksgiving: Millions will celebrate with a turkey that could never exist in nature

| | November 19, 2012
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They will carve a bird with an oversize breast and legs too puny for walking. After more than a half-century of genetic engineering, today’s mass-produced, sterile turkeys look and taste nothing like the rich-flavored, long-legged birds enjoyed at Thanksgivings from the original feast in 1621 through the 1940s.

“The turkeys we eat have been created in a laboratory and, quite frankly, are monsters,” said Roger Mastrude, founder of Heritage Turkey Foundation, a California-based non-profit advocacy group credited with saving heritage turkey breeds from extinction.

View the original article here: Rare-breed turkeys make a Thanksgiving comeback

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