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'. "

A McDonald’s Big Mac costs about $3.50, but Raj Patel, author of the newly released The Value of Nothing (Macmillan, 2010), says society pays a much higher price. Tolls on the environment, on taxpayers and on public health give the burger a price tag that’s way out of our budget.

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