What’s The REAL COST of A Burger? | LIVEKINDLY

What’s The REAL COST of A Burger? | LIVEKINDLY

– [Narrator] Fast food burgers are famous for their low prices. Americans eat an average of
16 billion burgers a year. The most iconic burger
chains in the world, McDonald’s, Burger King
and Wendy’s all offer their signature burgers for less than $5. But does that low price tag
really reflect the true cost of a burger? Breaking down the true cost of
a hamburger is a tricky feat for a lot of reasons. For starters, the government
subsidizes the meat and dairy industries with 38
billion dollars every year. Then, there are a number of outside factors called externalities. In economics, an externality
is the cost or benefit that effects a party who
did not choose to incur that cost or benefit. Externalities often occur when a product or services price equilibrium
cannot reflect the true cost and benefits of that product or service. According to The Good Food Institute, a non-profit that advocates
for the advancement of plant-based food and clean meat, there are multiple
externalities to consider when looking at the meat industry, each of which adds to the
true cost of a burger. Those externalities are,
resource use, climate change, pollution and antibiotic resistance. Each of these can be divided
into additional points that often overlap, and we can also tack on healthcare costs from fast food heavy diets. Resource use. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation worldwide, and 3/4’s of global
arable land is dedicated to it’s production. Deforestation threatens
ecosystems vulnerable to mass extinctions
that have the potential to destabilize global economies. Feeding industrially raised
animals also requires vast quantities of land, which could be used to
grow food for humans. In the U.S., food wasted
from feeding animals on factory farms outweighs food wasted by all grocers, restaurants,
and consumers combined. 40% of U.S. cropland,
fertilizer and irrigation water is used to grow animal feed. Studies show that American
farmers could feed twice as many people
a more nutritious diet by growing food for
people instead of animals. Coming soon, apparel by LIVEKINDLY. Sign up using the link in the
description to get 10% off your first order. Climate change. Animal agriculture is one
of the leading contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. The FAO estimates that 18% of all GHG’s come from the meat,
dairy and egg industries. Emissions come from three major sources, feed production, methane from cattle, and clearing forests and prairie land for pasture and crop land. For feed production, most emissions come from
producing large quantities of fertilizer, which
give off nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Ruminate livestock like cattle
produce both CO2 and methane. Methane, which has 20 times
the global warming potential of CO2, is produced via
enteric fermentation, a natural part of a
cow’s digestive system, which accounts for 25% of all
U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Microbes in their digestive tracks decompose and ferment food, creating methane as a byproduct. Then, there’s land destruction. When forests and grasslands are cleared for animal agriculture, the carbon stored in the soil,
roots, stems and branches is released into the atmosphere. Globally, land conversion may
release as much carbon dioxide as all agricultural production combined, between 9,800 and 16,900 megatons. Trees are critical to the air we breathe, transforming carbon dioxide
into life-giving oxygen. According to a study from
The Nature Conservancy, stopping deforestation, restoring forests and adopting good forestry
practices would deliver 40% of total emissions reductions
through low-cost solutions. The issues are interconnected. Take beef production for example. It is behind 80% of Amazon
rainforest destruction and the fires that threaten to harm the forests beyond repair. – (foreign language) – [Narrator] The Amazon
is the biggest exporter of beef in the world. These forests which supply
20% of the world’s oxygen, are at risk of being destroyed due to the human appetite for beef. It’s destruction could
cause catastrophic changes to the climate, water availability and
food security worldwide. The U.S government’s
official monetary valuation of greenhouse gas pollution
is around $37 per metric ton of CO2 emissions. A pound of burger meat
adds roundly 25 pounds of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere. So externalities for a
burger could range between $.15 per burger, to $1.20. That’s not counting the carbon cost of everything else included
in producing that burger. Pollution and sickness. Factory farms pose serious
environmental risks to the cities and towns they neighbor. They pollute local
waterways and emit ammonia and hydrogen sulfide
gases that sicken people in nearby communities. Living near factory farms
is also known to cause or exacerbate a number of
health issues such as asthma, chronic headache, burning
eyes, excessive coughing and sore throats. There are also persistent smells
as well as noise pollution. Full-waste lagoons on
factory farms run the risk of spilling over and
causing further pollution, which can be worsened
by natural disasters. Untreated waste contributes
to deadly algal blooms and ocean dead zones, areas of water completely devoid of life due to low oxygen levels. Dead zones are caused by eutrophication, which happens when water
gets too many nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous. Atmospheric sources of nitrogen, like fertilizer also
contribute to dead zones. Excess nutrients help phytoplankton, algae and seaweed grow quickly
on the ocean’s surface. They blanket the ocean’s surfaces, preventing sunlight from
reaching other ocean plant life that marine animals depend on for food. Populations of shore birds
and animals like sea lions that rely on fish for food
also suffer as a consequence. – Once they move east in the lake, die and sink to the bottom,
they’re decomposed by bacteria. But as decomposition
happens they suck oxygen out of the bottom waters. So they can have an
impact on fish populations and some of our critters that
live at the bottom of the lake because it’s deplete of oxygen. – [Narrator] Algal blooms,
also known as the red tide are not only bad for marine ecosystems, but also for humans. Filter-feeding shellfish
like mussels and oysters absorb the toxic microbes found in blooms, and can cause shellfish poisoning. Fertilizer causes sickness in other ways, untreated manure spread over
crop fields can cause disease like E. Coli, norovirus and salmonella. Over the past few years,
romaine lettuce contaminated with E. Coli caused by
manure contaminated water, has sparked discussions
around food safety. But contaminated animal
products are more deadly, directly responsible for 52%
of all food-born illnesses in the U.S. Manure contamination sends
30,000 to the hospital and kills hundreds every year. Antibiotic resistance. Current livestock rearing practices cause the antibiotic
resistant bacteria crisis. Antibiotics are a staple
of factory farming. Housing thousands of
animals under one roof is a breeding ground for
infection and disease. On the average chicken farm, birds have less than one
square foot of room to move. Beef cattle are raised on feed lots, where they have no room to graze. Intense confinement leads
to unsanitary conditions and antibiotics are routinely
administered to animals, regardless of sickness
to prevent outbreaks. Antibiotics also help
farm animals grow faster on less food. So the factory farming
industry can make more money with less effort. The heavy antibiotic use
on farms can turn animals into disease factories
for deadly microorganisms, like staphylococcus aureus,
MRSA, which is resistant to some of the most common antibiotics, methicillin, amoxicillin,
penicillin and oxacillin. This has significant
repercussions for human health. One in five resistant
infections are caused by food or animals according to
the CDC bacteria spread through animal products,
the factory farm itself, contaminated food prep
surfaces and even produce. Research estimates that
resistant bacteria could cause as many as 10 million
deaths annually by 2050. Health, fast food burgers
are high in fat, salt, and calories. On average, Americans get more than 11% of their daily calories
from fast food alone. 44.9% of adults between 20
and 39 eat fast food daily. Diets heavy in red meat
are linked to a number of chronic health conditions
such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type
II diabetes, obesity, and certain forms of cancer. According to a 2018 CDC report, chronic diseases caused
the healthcare system 190 billion dollars per year. So, what’s the true cost of that burger? The true cost is tough to pin down, but astonishingly large. When you break it down, fast
food burgers should cost far more than $5 for their
effects on the environment, health and animals. Alternatives like plant-based
meat and the burgeoning clean meat industry eliminate
the threats caused by burgers. For example, it takes 58 gallons of water and 41 square feet of land to make one quarter pounder beef burger. A vegan beyond burger
calls for 99% less water, 93% less land, and 90% fewer
greenhouse gas emissions. A 41 square foot plot of land
can make just one beef burger for every 15 beyond burgers. Compared to 80 milligrams of cholesterol in a traditional Burger King Whooper, the Impossible patty has none. Beyond Meat is one of
several next generation vegan burgers on the market now. They look and taste like the real thing, and they’ve attracted a whole
new flexitarian consumer base with vegan burgers becoming
more readily available in mainstream restaurant chains. It’s now easier than ever to
make the less costly choice for the planet, health and animals. So, what’s the real cost of that burger? It’s impossible to tell
and that’s a big problem. But if the price did accurately
reflect the true costs, one thing’s for sure, we’d
all be eating a lot less meat. That’s it for today, what do you think about the implications of producing a beef burger? Let us know in the comments. As always, remember to subscribe and hit the notification bell. New videos every Tuesday and Friday.

52 thoughts on “What’s The REAL COST of A Burger? | LIVEKINDLY

  1. i wonder though: if : what about the animals? like even if the whole planet were vegan: animals i believe have very specific vegan diet too. so: i wonder how that would figure into the statistics. in terms of land for …. growing plant based foods for humans AND animals. i had posted in a previous video about my understanding of SBD (space between diet) for humans. (i remember in history: from past life experiences.)

    my understanding of SBD for humans is:

    certified organic
    no wheat products
    no soy products
    no peanut products
    no coffee bean products
    vegan (plant-based) foods diet

    though i think different animal species consume specific vegan diet too. that could be understood.

    SBD is a term that pertains to all systems: all processes as well: all it references , is the scientifically optimally appropriate specific materials for all specific processes.

    so it’s objectively something that can be understood for all processes by any. through scientific study/understanding.

  2. Would love to hear vegan news updates but there's just way too much animal flesh being shown and so will have to pass
    as there is just so much pretending that they are all plantbased alternatives versions before my brain says no way they are dead animals!!

  3. I'm patiently waiting for McDonald's to release a Beyond Big Mac. I'd love to do a taste test video on YouTube regarding this sandwich😋

  4. i honestly don't know why you'd buy meat when theres a plant based option these days (unless it's for financial reasons). it just doesn't make a lot of sense to me

  5. Climate change is getting out of hand and people need to address these issues because a lot of people do not care about climate change and methane and it is ridiculous.

  6. I had a burger for my evening meal tonight . I made it myself , pork shoulder , onion , a bit of black pepper , mace and coriander . No filler , no rubbish , no chemicals .

  7. The biggest cost is actually the suffering and early death of the animals. Incalculable. That factor is not incalculable because of complexity, but because there really is no price that can justify it.

  8. Informative stuff thanks. It's sad that our tax dollars go to the 38 billion subsidy of meat and dairy. I also would like to agree with some of the other people that it is strange that your vids show lots of meat grilling and meat eating.

  9. Absolutely great video, the cost and impact of consumption of meat methodically broken down, and exposed for the harmful practice it truly is. Thank you for your hard work, and dedication to the vegan movement. 🌱 🌎

  10. Even your usual uplifting vibes cannot help this video from sounding ridiculously bleak and disgusting. This needs to be shared so it goes viral. I always feel, the amount of absolutely amazing things that Humans could do if they just wised up and came together and put aside petty shit like racism, prejudices and if they woke up and went vegan too. This Planet and things like starvation in places like Africa would be gone.

  11. You forgot to mention the affects of the antibiodics on our micro flora in our intestines. It kills all the good bactieria living there. those bacteria need fiber to florish of which meat and dairy and eggs have none

  12. Society has normalized eating animal products as "part of the natural cycle" but there's nothing natural about our agriculture practices. This info has to go viral. Knowledge is power.

  13. Typical vegan lie "the food we give to animals could be used to feed starving humans around the world". First of all, the food we give to farm animals is very low quality and not suitable for human consumption, mainly waste vegetables and failed crops etc. Second, even if we did try to give the food to starving people around the world, the plan would fail because farmers would never want to grow crops for people who don't even have the money to pay for it.. Farmers will only grow crops for money, and the shipping companies would only ship food around the world if there's money for them too. Farmers and shipping companies will never work for free, they will only do it for money. Thirdly, even if we did send the food to people in poverty, that will only encourage them to over-populate even more (they will have even more children), so the human population will grow from 7 billion to 200 billion or however many billions. If the human population reached 200 billion, it would be absolutely devastating to the environment, even if the whole world went vegan. I would prefer living on a non-vegan world with a smaller human population (and higher animal population) instead of a vegan world with a massive human population (and smaller animal population), thank you very much.

  14. People should want to stop 🛑 eating animal meat because it’s wrong to kill them over them and it’s unhealthy and it’s disgusting! You really have a great channel going on! It’s knowledgeable & so informative! I will follow those who follow me on YouTube✌🏻😀👍🏻 I DO VEGAN FOOD🥘 VLOGS AND CLEAR ALIGNERS VLOGS 😁AS OF RIGHT NOW

  15. I’m happy Ellen Degeneres is asking people to cut down on eating meat even asking to stop completely! Start slowly and as time goes by maybe you wouldn’t want it especially when you didn’t want to eat & use animals all this time👍🏻😀

  16. now this is what I wanna know: is the US a socialist or capitalist state? If the latter is true then how is it that the meat industry is being subsidized (with $ 38 billion per year)? And are they gonna financially help my record shop / bookstore that's 'bout to go out of business? ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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