Hidden Cost of Hamburger

The Hidden Cost of Hamburger

  • The livestock industry is a major contributor to greenhouse gas pollution.  Americans eat three times more meat than people in other countries.  On average, we eat about three burgers per week.
  • If all Americans gave up meat and cheese one day a week, it would be like taking 7.6 million cars off the road.
  • Livestock use 30 percent of the earth’s entire land area.  We use about eight times as much land for feeding animals as for feeding humans.   It takes about 1,800 gallons of water to make a pound of grain-fed beef.  US burger habits produce the same amount of greenhouse gas as 34 coal-fired power plants.
  • One burger patty can contain the DNA of more than a thousand cows.   A single case of E. coli could easily spread to thousands of burgers.

Excerpted from http://tinyurl.com/nr86k3a

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