Should We Be Worried About A Thanksgiving Turkey Shortage?!

We might need to emotionally prepare for a Thanksgiving CHICKEN this year, or maybe a nice vegetarian nut loaf instead. Apparently, there’s a big Thanksgiving turkey shortage, and they could cost twice as much as last year.

Here are the three main reasons it’s happening:

1.  Turkey prices crashed in 2019, and a lot of farmers stopped raising so many. Then the pandemic piled onto that, so it’s still causing a shortage.

2.  Inflation is making turkeys more expensive. Feed, fuel, and labor all cost more than they did a year ago. Workers are also hard to come by. And droughts across the U.S. aren’t helping either.

3.  The avian flu is worse than usual. Around 3.6% of America’s turkeys have died of it this year. That might not sound high, but it’s over seven million birds.

Experts think most people who want a turkey should still be able to get them. But you might have to settle for one that’s bigger or smaller than your ideal size.

So, it might be a good idea to buy your turkey early, and make room in your freezer to store it for a few weeks.



(NY Times / CBS News)

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