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Thanksgiving 2010: Turkeys' Incredible Uses Other Than Food -- Cancer Research, Alternative Energy And More (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 11/25/10 11:04 AM ET   Updated: 10/05/11 10:28 AM ET

Ask almost any person in the US what a turkey contributes to society, and he will answer, "a yummy Thanksgiving meal." But it turns out turkeys actually have added some amazing undervalued contributions to our society, none of which involve eating them. From cancer research to alternative energy sources, it's time to be thankful for turkeys, beyond Thanksgiving.

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Benson, Minnesota runs a power plant using thousands of tons of turkey manure. They burn the turkey waste to produce electricity. The New York Times reports that Benson possesses the first animal waste-based power plant in the country. The plant is a hot topic among environmentalists, who debate the pollution levels produced by the plant.
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