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The Green Life: From Turkey Day to Gentle Thanksgiving

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November 25, 2009

From Turkey Day to Gentle Thanksgiving

Dinner table With Thanksgiving just a day away, eaters everywhere are getting ready for the biggest food day of the year. Food is so important to Thanksgiving that the holiday has come to be known to many simply as Turkey Day. But with more people choosing to abstain from meat, other options are on the rise.

A movement called Gentle Thanksgiving is encouraging families, friends, and communities to celebrate the holiday with meat-free alternatives such as homemade seasonal dishes for those who love to cook and store-bought fare for the less culinary inclined. There are also related events taking place around the country.

We know for sure that one turkey is breathing easier this Thanksgiving, as President Obama pardons it, as is White House tradition. Not satisfied with the symbolism, though, some people are urging the Obamas to pardon all turkeys bound for the dinner table.

--Kyle Boelte

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