It might seem illogical, but a "critical" rating for a heritage turkey from the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC) means you should buy and thus eat, if you're so inclined that bird.
As Angelique Thompson of the ALBC explained, they're livestock and this gives the turkeys a job: "To save them, you've got to eat them."
The ALBC describes itself as a clearing house for information on livestock and genetic diversity, and it works to conserve rare breeds. On the organization's website, the group explains that these breeds are in jeopardy of extinction because our modern way of producing food favors only a few breeds that maximize output in a controlled environment. In other words, modern food production has said to heck with agricultural heritage, flavor and diversity!
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These diverse breeds need our attention and appetites to keep them employed (and around). Consider a heritage turkey this Thanksgiving (and get tips for prepping and roasting your bird here). A delicious meal is a small price to pay to get an animal out of critical condition.
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