**********Food for thought!
This Thanksgiving, I invite you to stop for a moment and imagine everything it takes to bring that brilliant feast to your table — the grains that were grown to feed your turkey, the bog that nurtured your cranberries, the land that allowed your pumpkin to spread its big leaves all over, and the hands that worked tirelessly to grow our food. Then, go ahead and dig in!
Americans will toss a whopping $282 million worth of uneaten turkey into the trash this Thanksgiving, contributing to the $165 billion in uneaten food Americans waste every year. Along with trashing uneaten turkey, they’ll be wasting the resources necessary for its production — meaning 105 billion gallons of water (enough to supply New York City for over 100 days) and greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 800,000 car trips from New York to San Francisco. That’s enough turkey to provide each American household that is food insecure with more than 11 additional servings (17.9 million American households suffer from food insecurity).
Nationwide, consumers will purchase around 736 million pounds of turkey this Thanksgiving, of which about 581 million pounds will be actual meat. The USDA reports that 35 percent of perfectly good turkey meat in the U.S. does not get eaten after it is purchased by consumers (and that’s not including bones). This compares with only 15 percent for chicken. Why the disparity?“Possibly because turkey is more often eaten during holidays when consumers may tend to discard relatively more uneaten food than on other days,” the USDA writes.
When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength.
Give thanks for your food and the joy of living.
If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
American leader of the Shawnee 1812.
That was nice frank.
Here's what we do. We live rural in the country, but what we do is - whether ham or turkey - we feed the wildlife. When we are done with what remains uneatable, we carry the whole leftover turkey or ham out behind our workshop and into the woods. We set it down on the ground on newspaper, and the rest is taken by wildlife, starving coons, possums, birds & wild animals of all kinds. A few days later all of it's gone, gnawed on by all these creatures and carried off by the rest.
This way something profits and nothing has gone to waste.