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Sustainable Eating This Thanksgiving

turkey-125.jpgIf you are looking for a few green tips this holiday season, check out Green Guide writer Eliza Barclay’s new story on returning to green and grateful this Thanksgiving.

We often hear that going vegetarian is the single best thing you can do to help the environment. Well, it may be true. But if you can’t give up meat, and the traditional Thanksgiving bird, try a heritage breed turkey. Even though they are still domesticated livestock, heritage breeds help increase biodiversity, and are a good alternative to homogeneous and antibiotic-filled factory-farm birds. And chances are you can find one from a relatively local farmer, which will help you cut down on your food miles and the associated carbon emissions.

Find a local breeder using Local Harvest’s Web site.

For more on environmentally friendly farm practices, visit National Geographic’s sustainable agriculture Web site.

and if you’re traveling this Thanksgiving, check out Barclay’s tips for fuel-efficient driving.

–Tasha Eichenseher blog-headshot.jpg

Tasha Eichenseher is the Environment Producer and Editor for National Geographic Digital Media. She has covered water issues for a wide range of media outlets, including E/The Environment Magazine, Environmental Science & Technology online news, Greenwire, Green Guide, and National Geographic News.

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