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'. "

Food Subsidies

Cattle are fattened on corn, the most highly subsidized crop in America. (From 1995 to 2006, federal corn subsidies totaled $56.2 billion.) Thanks to corn subsidies, the American beef industry saves, on average, $501 million a year.

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