Gobble Pastured Turkey This Thanksgiving

14 Nov

Thanksgiving is about traditions but thankfully some traditions are meant to be phased out. This year we wish everyone could get beyond the Butterball and get a pastured turkey. Yes, it’s more expensive because your tax dollars aren’t subsidizing the costs, but it’s worth it. Many of Tara Firma Farms’ friends have been experiencing the better taste and clearer conscious that pastured chicken and beef provide.  Here are three good reasons to be gobbling pastured turkey this year too.

  1. Better for you. Pastured-raised turkeys produce conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) from the grass they eat. This fatty acid is known to fight cancer, keep arteries from getting clogged, build lean muscle and even help you lose weight. (a) In addition, pasture-raised turkeys are higher in Omega-3s, vitamin A, vitamin E and folic acid than their Butterball counterpart and they aren’t filled with antibiotics, hormones, pesticides or chemicals to kill pathogens.
  2. Better tasting. Most people don’t know what real poultry tastes like because they are so familiar with factory versions. Pastured birds don’t have the induced moisture and saltiness of their factory counterparts. They are allowed to live much longer and are much more athletic producing a firm lean meat that has a wonderful flavor.
  3. Humanely Raised and Processed: Tara Firma Farms birds see the sun every day and are free to roam on the pasture. It goes without saying that factory birds live a cramped, de-beaked life, possibly in layers of fecal matter. Factory birds endure some of the most inhumane treatment of any livestock. Even organic or free range turkeys live in questionable conditions. The USDA definition of “free-range” states “Producers must demonstrate to the Agency that the poultry has been allowed access to the outside.”(b). Who knows what that means? Compare that to the fresh air, exercise and free-roaming life Tara Firma Farms turkeys live every day and it’s no contest.

References

(a) http://books.google.com/books?id=su_k_WkP0KgC&dq=Conjugated+linoleic+acid+Williams&printsec=frontcover&hl=en

(b) http://www.fsis.usda.gov/fact_sheets/Meat_&_Poultry_Labeling_Terms/index.asp#4

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