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Head to head: Wild vs. supermarket turkeys

One is a product of factory farming. The other hasn't changed much since the first Thanksgiving.

Turkey infographic

Whether you like yours brined or unbrined, stuffed with cornbread or sausage, in drumstick or leftover-sandwich format, it all starts with the turkey. Today's turkey-lover has two choices: the supermarket bird, an artificially giganticized product of careful breeding and industrial farming methods, and the wild turkey, which hasn't evolved much since the first Thanksgiving. Here's a quick visual guide to help you decide which is best for you:

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Sources:

“Wild Turkey,” All About Birds/Cornell Lab of Ornithology

“A Meat Eater's Guide To Climate Change + Health,” Environmental Working Group

“Wild Turkey FAQ,” Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game

“As Six Turkeys Tussle for a Title, Degrees Challenge Pedigrees,” New York Times

“Wild and Domestic Turkeys: Birds of a Different Feather,” South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Wild Turkey listing on Dartagnan.com

“Birds on Factory Farms,” ASPCA

“Four Reasons Why Frozen Turkeys Are So Cheap,” qz.com

“Turkey Dinner's Carbon Footprint,” NPR

“Wild Game—A Healthy Choice?”, Mayo Clinic

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