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How Turkey Went Global


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Jun 6, 2005
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How Turkey Went Global - by Heather Horn/ International/ The Atlantic/ theatlantic.com

"One bird’s journey from the forests of New England to the farms of Iran.

In the annals of packing blunders, surely there’s a special place for the time English settler ships brought European-raised turkeys to New England in 1629. There’s forgetting a toothbrush, for example, and then there’s living in a dropping-filled boat for three months in order to deposit anemic, sea-ruffled birds in forests positively lousy with their larger, fatter cousins.

Today, America’s most famous fowl is consumed on all seven continents, is a mainstay of European poultry production, enjoys its highest per-capita consumption rate in Israel, and can be found on farms from Poland to Iran to South Africa. To understand how that happened, one could do worse than start with the odd cargo of 17th-century settler ships..."


Jessica Rinaldi / Reuters