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Let's talk turkey for a moment, shall we? Some folks are doing a little belt-tightening when it comes to shopping for this year's Thanksgiving dinner. Others have plenty of room to spare. With the inflation rate holding steady nationwide, the cost of this year's holiday feast depends simply on where you live and where you shop.
With more people expected to stay home this Thanksgiving, supermarkets are gearing up for an economic feast, stocking more sweet potatoes, pumpkin pies and bigger birds too. But that also means consumers will see fewer free turkeys and steep discounts. With strong sales projected, supermarkets are not feeling compelled to offer the same huge discounts on turkey and other items that they did in years past, farm economists said.
November 26, 1985 | JENNINGS PARROTT
--President Reagan met Wilfred the Tom Turkey and a gathering of reporters in the Rose Garden, and it was Wilfred who had the last word. The President fended off questions dealing with substantive issues and said: "The only questions I will take today are about the turkey." Wilfred gobbled loudly, evoking laughter. "I agree with everything you've said," Reagan said solemnly. Wilfred, a 55-pound gift from the National Turkey Federation, is on his way to the Evans Farm in Vienna, Va.
April 16, 1987 | TOM SIETSEMA, The Washington Post
Turkey, hailed as the "great American bird" and a hallowed holiday tradition, appears to be going mainstream. Many cooks will serve turkey for their Easter dinner this year. Thirty years ago, 90% of all turkey was purchased in November and December. Today, 60% is bought in the first 10 months of the year. According to the National Turkey Federation, Americans ate an estimated 13.
November 26, 2009 | By Victoria Kim
The millions of turkeys headed to the slaughterhouse and into the oven this Thanksgiving will receive no additional reprieve from the law. FOR THE RECORD: A subheadline on an earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that a federal appeals panel ruled that the Humane Society had no grounds to sue the USDA for asserting that a 1958 congressional act mandating humane slaughter does not extend to poultry. The appeals panel said the society has no standing to sue. Ruling on a four-year legal battle over the regulation of poultry slaughter, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last week threw out a lawsuit challenging the government's position that a half-century-old congressional act on humane slaughter does not extend to animals of the feathered kind.
November 28, 1996 | Jerry Hicks
I once suggested duck for Thanksgiving dinner. You don't suggest duck to a holiday traditionalist like my wife. We'll have turkey today. We've already got the Christmas turkey in the freezer. That's because my wife says turkey just doesn't taste the same if you can't get it free through supermarket bargains. My favorite turkey story comes from the movie "The Accidental Tourist," when the eccentric family gets up before dawn to cook the Thanksgiving bird at 140 degrees. For the record, the U.S.
November 19, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Americans will buy 581 million pounds of turkey meat for Thanksgiving this year  but will trash more than one-third of it, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Some 204 million pounds of meat (of a total of 736 million pounds of fowl purchased overall) will end up in the garbage after the holiday feast, according to an NRDC blog post . The resources required to produce each pound of wasted turkey add up to a car driven 11 miles and a 130-minute shower. Overall, that equates to greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 800,000 car trips from New York to San Francisco, enough water to supply New York City for 100 days and $282 million.
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