The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), known for their video “Hidden Costs of Gas,” has released a new video titled “The Hidden Costs of Hamburgers,” revealing startling facts about the effects of worldwide livestock and the consumption of beef on our planet.
In the video, seen below, it explores the major threat of animal agriculture to our environment. As CIR reveals, “[It] turns out that worldwide livestock are a major contributor to greenhouse gas pollution, right up there with cars, planes and trains. And at the rate we are producing beef worldwide, emissions from cows, along with other harmful practices and beef production, threaten to mess up our climate, land and water big time.”
So, what are the hidden costs of beef, especially eating hamburgers? Here’s one statistic: On average Americans eat three burgers a week, resulting in three times more meat consumption than people in other countries. Now, that’s a lot of meat.
If you do the math on hamburger consumption, it averages out to 156 burgers per person per year or more than 48 billion burgers every year!
The video puts into perspective how meat contributes to greenhouse gas pollution. For example, one quarter-pounder clocks in at 6 ½ pounds of greenhouse gases, but with Americans eating three burgers per week it equals out to more than 158 million tons of greenhouse gases per year. That’s quite astonishing.
Even though you can order a burger at basically any fast food chain for $1 (if you order off the dollar menu), there are still remarkable environmental costs. CIR reports that every burger costs us an additional $1.51 in hidden costs, resulting in $72 billion in extra costs per year.
For more information on the beef industry and its devastating effects on the plant, watch the video. As we all know, eating too much red meat can lead to heart disease and now many other hidden costs.