November 27, 2013
The Supersized American Turkey

It is an extra big Thanksgiving for turkeys this year. 
Mark it down: in 2013, the average weight for American produced turkey crossed 30 pounds for the first time. At least based on the January to October numbers for this year, we’re talking about an average weight of 30.47 pounds.
That’s a remarkable increase in average size. Go back a little further, like I did in 2008, and you see that we didn’t hit 15 pounds until the 1930s. In 1960, the average weight of a turkey was just 16.83 pounds. Even in 1985, it was only 20 pounds, and we didn’t hit 25 pounds until 1999. 
And we owe it all to artificial insemination.
Read more. [Image: USDA]

The Supersized American Turkey

It is an extra big Thanksgiving for turkeys this year. 

Mark it down: in 2013, the average weight for American produced turkey crossed 30 pounds for the first time. At least based on the January to October numbers for this year, we’re talking about an average weight of 30.47 pounds.

That’s a remarkable increase in average size. Go back a little further, like I did in 2008, and you see that we didn’t hit 15 pounds until the 1930s. In 1960, the average weight of a turkey was just 16.83 pounds. Even in 1985, it was only 20 pounds, and we didn’t hit 25 pounds until 1999. 

And we owe it all to artificial insemination.

Read more. [Image: USDA]

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    Because in “America” everything has to be bigger! Why are we fat? Look at what we eat!
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    YAY
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    That’s a big fucking bird.
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    There’s something in the meat!
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    Fatter population needs fatter turkeys.
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