The Real Cost of a Hamburger
The Ecological Consequences of Welfare Ranching

Wuerthner, George
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/05/09/the-real-cost-of-a-hamburger/

Publisher:  Counterpunch
Date Written:  09/05/2014
Year Published:  2014  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX16310

Do you know what a Big Mac costs? If you say $2.50 or whatever the current price posted at the McDonald’s restaurant may be, you are vastly under-estimating the real price. That’s because $2.50 does not reflect the genuine cost of production. Every hamburger price tag should include a calculation of animal suffering, human health costs, economic and ecological subsidies. None of these bona fide costs is included in the price one pays for a hamburger (or other meats eaten by consumers for that matter).