99% of all turkeys raised in the U.S. are Broad-Breasted Whites, a single turkey breed specially developed to have a meaty breast. Gross.
Traditionally, farmers throughout the world have raised thousands of different animal breeds and plant varieties. However, since today's industrial farms rely upon only a few specialized types of livestock and crops, thousands of non-commercial animal breeds and crop varieties have disappeared, along with the valuable genetic diversity they possessed. Fortunately, a growing number of sustainable farmers are preserving agricultural variety and protecting biodiversity by raising “heritage” or “heirloom” animal breeds and crops. Heritage breeds are traditional livestock breeds that were raised by farmers in the past, before the drastic reduction of breed variety caused by the rise of industrial agriculture. This Thanksgiving, pay some respect to America’s First People, whom we shared the table with, by buying a natural pure and well-raised turkey who got to cluck around in the sunlight walking on the soft cool grass for your meal. Visit the http://www.eatwellguide.org/ to find a farm, market or restaurant near you that sells meat, eggs and dairy products from heritage animals. Also, Stinky on Smith Street has heritage turkeys to order for the big occasion.
Source: Consumer Reports
For more info, http://www.sustainabletable.org/issues/heritage/