Turkey Dinner's Carbon Footprint

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Most likely your turkey traveled by truck to get to your grocer. That trip probably started in a state like Minnesota or North Carolina, which are leading turkey producers. The cranberries are most likely from Wisconsin or Massachusetts, two states that produce more than 80 percent of the nation's cranberries. But the National Resources Defense Council suggests that many ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner can be found at local farmers markets.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

If you're adding up the dollars you're spending this holiday, you may also want to consider a different kind of cost, the cost in pollution of getting that holiday dinner to your home. On this Thanksgiving, our last word in business is carbon wing print. Your turkey, of course, did not fly to your table, but it likely did travel by truck to get to the grocer. And that trip probably started in a state like Minnesota or North Carolina, which are leading turkey producers. So if you're a long way away from Minnesota or North Carolina, there's a big carbon footprint.

Your cranberries are most likely from Wisconsin or Massachusetts, which together produce more than 80 percent of them in the United States. Now the Natural Resources Defense Council, which monitors things like this, says it doesn't have to be this way. Many ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner can be found at local farmers' markets. Even turkeys can be found locally on Web sites like localharvest.org. And that's the business news on Morning Edition from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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