- Turtle Island Foods
Turtle Island Foods is the company which produces
Tofurky, a popular vegetarianand veganalternative to turkey, as well other meatless products. All are vegan and approved by the UK Vegan Society, and most are kosher-certified by the Kosher Services of America.
Hood River, Oregon, Turtle Island Foods began in 1980with intentions of providing "meatless food products that are delicious, nutritious, convenient and affordable." [http://www.tofurky.com/aboutus/wherearewe.htm] It was founded by Seth Tibbot, who began by producing tempehfor friends and family and with their help eventually expanded his company to what is now the second largest tempeh producer in the United States. The famous Tofurky was only developed in 1995.
Turtle Island Foods has no parent company. [http://www.tofurky.com/aboutus/background.htm]
The company name is derived from a common legend found amongst the native people of
North America. Once, when all of earthwas underwater, a turtleoffered its shell as a home for land animals, and that shell became North America. As a result several Native American and First Nationstribes refer to the continent as "Turtle Island".
Genetically Modified Organisms
Since 1995, when Turtle Island Foods took an official stand against GMOs, they have made "every effort possible" to avoid them. [http://www.tofurky.com/aboutus/organics.htm]
Much of what the company produces is organic, and Turtle Island Foods is actually an "Organic Processor", certified as
Oregon TilthCertified Organic. [http://www.tofurky.com/aboutus/organics.htm]
The company completely eschews products made from
hexaneextraction, choosing instead expeller pressed isolates and concentrates. [http://www.tofurky.com/aboutus/organics.htm]
2005, Turtle Island Foods began to purchase all of its electricity from the Blue Sky renewable energy project of the northwestern United States. All paperboard packaging is recycled. In addition, a certain percentage of each year's Tofurky sales is donated to an environmental charity. [http://www.tofurky.com/aboutus/organics.htm]
Turtle Island Foods currently produces the following, many in a number of varieties:
*Tofurky Deli Slices
Wild Riceand MushroomStuffing
Cranberry Apple PotatoDumplings
* [http://www.tofurky.com Turtle Island Foods' website]
* [http://www.pacificpower.net/Homepage/Homepage35754.html Blue Sky energy project]
* [http://www.tilth.org/ Oregon Tilth Organic Certification]
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