I have to admit, turkey is not my favorite meat. I don’t hate it, or even dislike it, but I generally only eat it when someone else has cooked it. Usually, that amounts to Christmas, and maybe Easter.
This year, we had turkey three times, and two of those were here at the acreage. I have just bought the birds down at the Co-op, and not worried too much about it. Then I read this article. It talks about all the drugs your turkey might have been fed, including arsenic and antibiotics. Oh, well, I thought, it won’t be an issue in Canada. Just to be sure, though, I looked it up. Sadly, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency indicates that some of the scarier medications, including ractopamine hydrocloride, which is banned for use in animals in Europe and even in China, are approved for use in poultry, beef, and pork in Canada. Yuck.
Now, I’ve been fairly conscious of where my food is coming from for a long time, and I generally try to consider what my food was eating before it got to my table. That’s why we’re keeping chickens and goats, and why we have a history of buying grass-fed beef and organic produce. Being pregnant, I am generally even more vigilant. But for some reason, the turkey slipped in under my radar, and now I want to puke.
I did some checking, and don’t see any local organic/free range turkey available in my area. I could get some from a city a couple of hours away, for around $60 for an average-sized bird, plus gas to go pick it up. I think I paid $15 or 20 for the one we ate at Christmas. Now, I am normally the first to argue that good food is worth paying for, but $80 is really a lot of money.
I guess we’re going to have to go looking for some hatchling turkeys (called poults) this spring – if we can’t get decent food from someone else for a reasonable price, I guess we’ll just have to raise our own…