Do you want to make your Thanksgiving celebration a little kinder to the earth? Try one or all of the suggestions from the Environmental Working Groups’s Thanksgiving Guide below.
Meat has a significantly higher carbon footprint than other protein choices. So choose a more sustainable (and less expensive!) alternative, like stuffed winter squash. Use EWG’s 2018 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce® to determine which products have the highest amount of pesticide residue. Choose organic versions of these fruits and vegetables whenever possible.
Most conventional turkeys are tainted with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, potentially exposing consumers to foodborne illnesses and hard-to-treat infections. To avoid these risks, look for a turkey bearing one or more of these labels:
- USDA Certified Organic.
- Certified Humane®.
- Global Animal Partnership Steps 3 to 5+.
- Certified Animal Welfare Approved.
Confused by head-spinning labels? EWG’s turkey label decoder can help.