• The turkey you're about to eat weighs twice as much as it did a few decades ago

    20 days ago - By Business Insider

    Turkeys have gotten much bigger than they were half a century ago.
    To meet growing demand, American turkey farmers began to breed birds for their size and speed of growth in the 1950s.
    Today, the average turkey weighs around 30.5 pounds, almost twice as much as it did in the 1960s.
    The turkey on your Thanksgiving table this week probably won't look anything like it would have decades ago.
    Today's turkeys are a lot bigger - more than double the size - and faster-growing than the birds our parents or grandparents ate.
    For reference, here's the turkey that President John F. Kennedy pardoned...
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  • Gobble, Gobble? U.S. Turkey Production Growth Slowed In Last Decade

    Gobble, Gobble? U.S. Turkey Production Growth Slowed In Last Decade

    20 days ago - By NPR

    After decades of booming growth, demand for turkeys began to flatline in 2008. While a number of factors are at play, it could also be that Americans are changing the way they celebrate Thanksgiving. (Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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