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By Michael Carolan
Colorado State University 

The strange story of turkey tails speaks volumes about our globalized food system

 

November 21, 2018



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(THE CONVERSATION) Intensive livestock farming is a huge global industry that serves up millions of tons of beef, pork and poultry every year. When I asked one producer recently to name something his industry thinks about that consumers don’t, he replied, “Beaks and butts.” This was his shorthand for animal parts that consumers – especially in wealthy nations – don’t choose to eat.

On Thanksgiving, turkeys will adorn close to 90 percent of U.S. dinner tables. But one...



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