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Why is McDonald’s so cheap?

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In this Our Changing Climate environmental video essay, I look at how McDonald’s cheap food exists within and has in many ways created a food system that values cheap food that forces environmental damage. Specifically, the video focuses on McDonald’s Big Mac to understand the environmental consequences of hamburger beef. The video looks at the high emissions and pollution of unsustainable CAFOs and feedlots that McDonald’s meat comes from. The video essay also looks at McDonald’s other sustainable initiatives like plant-based meats and biodegradable packaging, but ultimately McDonald’s sustainability efforts are always spurred by profit interests and not environmental concerns.

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Introduction: 0:00
The Impact of a Big Mac: 1:26
Plant-based McDonald’s: 4:35
Profit Over Environment: 5:27
Conclusion: 8:38
Brilliant Sponsorship: 10:39

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1. Investors Join Calls for a Food Revolution to Fight Climate Change (InsideClimate News):
2. Products – Data Briefs – Number 320 – September 2018 (CDC):
3. ‘Hidden’ McDonald’s and Nestle suppliers ignore climate risks (Reuters):
4. McDonald’s new paper straws aren’t recyclable — but its axed plastic ones were (CNN):
5. Why Are Workers Struggling? Because Labor Law Is Broken (NY Times):
6. The truth about McDonald’s meat (Mashed):
7. Evaluating the environmental impacts of dietary recommendations (Paul Behrens, et al.):
8. Livestock and Landscapes (FAO):
9. Embodied crop calories in animal products (Pradhan, et al.):;jsessionid=5BD026EFAA22990E387DC2D579E5DC19.ip-10-40-1-98
10. Why McDonald’s Doesn’t Have A Vegan Meat Burger In The US (CNBC via YouTube):
11. How Ford Makes Car Parts From Used McDonald’s Coffee Beans (Tech Insider via YouTube):
12. The Hidden Costs of Hamburgers (Reveal via YouTube):
13. Cattle Industry Statistics (NCBA):
14. Animal Agriculture’s Impact on Climate Change (Climate Nexus):

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Source: Our Changing Climate

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