Thanksgiving is definitely a hectic time of year for the grocery store community. I was surprised to see that Kroger was open all night, even on Thanksgiving Day, for all those last minute details for the perfect Thanksgiving feast. The average person consumes around 3000 calories on Thanksgiving, and 12 million turkeys are sold by Butterball alone every year, the majority sold around Thanksgiving. That’s not to mention how much pumpkin, stuffing, and cranberries. I cannot even imagine the infrastructure needed to supply that much food to grocery stores around the country. Thanksgiving, for most Americans, is the opposite of sustainable in the way of food sourcing.
I was happily surprised to find out that my cousin had purchased a local turkey from a farm in East Tennessee that he’d had shipped to a local market. He also contributed some delicious local purple potatoes and sweet potatoes. While we obviously weren’t able to feed our whole family solely on food from our backyard, I felt better about our excessive feast knowing that some of it was supplied locally. There are ways to be sustainable, even in the Holiday seasons like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Buy meat from local distributors, get your friends gifts from small vendors, or better yet, make them. (Confession: I’m a crocheter.) The Holidays are an especially important time to pay attention to sustainability, both in food and energy.
Here are some other fun facts about Thanksgiving
Food Facts About Thanksgiving
3,000: Calories are consumed by the average person at Thanksgiving dinner.
12: Million turkeys are sold by Butterball each year.
675: Million pounds of turkey are consumed each year.
50: Million pumpkin pies are eaten at Thanksgiving.
350: Approximate number of pounds the largest pumpkin pie ever made weighed. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs, measured 5 feet in diameter and took six hours to bake.
40: How many million green bean casseroles are made.
100: Age of some of the oldest cranberry beds—and they’re still producing!
72: Millions of can of Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce purchased each year.
565: Number of times a line of all the cranberries produced in the U.S. would stretch from Boston to Los Angeles if you lined them all up, end to end.
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