Fast Food: The Real Cost of a Hamburger

By Erika Freeman, "Is Your Burger Really That Cheap?," March/April 2010

The hidden price of America’s love of fast-food.

"A broader perspective through the scope of the triple bottom line. Environmental, social and economical. It's appalling how difficult it is to find articles such as this that break down the true cost of our everyday 'values'. "

The Environment

Worldwide meat production is estimated to emit more greenhouse gases than do all forms of global transportation or industrial processes combined. Just producing the 550 million Big Macs sold each year in the U.S. creates 2.66 billion pounds of carbon dioxide. Offsetting these emissions could cost as much as $36.4 million.

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