This holiday season consider making the meat a co-star in the feast, rather than the main attraction - or scrap the meat altogether.
In 2011, 4.4 million whole turkeys were sold for the holiday season in Canada, with 42 percent of households purchasing a turkey.
Clearly, Canadians love their turkey, and it’s not uncommon for the turkey (or ham) to be the focal point of a holiday feast. I suspect many people would be either very confused or even angry if they sat down for Christmas dinner and a huge chunk of meat wasn’t sitting in the middle of the table.
However, with greenhouse gas levels at an all-time high, perhaps our turkey consumption is a little out of hand, considering each kilogram of edible turkey accounts for 3.41 kilograms of CO2e.
This holiday season consider making the meat a co-star in the feast, rather than the main attraction. Or if your family is ready for it, scrap the meat altogether, and make a meat-free holiday feast that will tease the taste buds and fill the belly—all without that hunk of meat we’ve come to expect.