Klerifying Fact: Americans spend $196 million on hamburgers to celebrate the 4th of July; continuing the celebration started by the Democratic-Republican Party back in the 1800s.
Yes, you read that right the Democratic-Republican Party was once a thing. Can you imagine today’s Democrats and Republicans grillin’ and chillin’? Well we can.
And we can also see you getting together with friends and family for a green afternoon by the barbecue with a mix of sustainable veggie and grass fed beef burgers.
Burgers with a side of problems
Today’s beef industry is run amok with greenhouse gas emissions, agriculture inputs, and some unsustainable grazing practices. Today there are 25.7 billion pounds of beef consumed a year from 93.5 million beef cattle. That’s a lot of burgers!
Some of proven impacts from eating a regular hamburger include:
On top of this within the beef industry there is significant:
Use of illegal, and unsafe labor with labor rights abuses in slaughterhouses
Pollution of our rivers and lakes from manure and chemical run-off
Overuse of antibiotics and growth hormones that affect public health
Ongoing prairie destruction for crops fed to cattle in feedlots
Veggie Burgers as a Green Alternative
Veggie burgers have positive environmental and social impacts by avoiding the big impacts of factory beef farming. Specifically, they use far less energy, land, and other resources with less water pollution than a regular beef burger. Increasingly, veggie burgers taste better, and some even look (and bleed) like a real burger!
Good Grazing for Healthy Grasslands
You don’t need to go all veggie, though! To remain healthy ecosystems, grasslands need to be grazed by cattle across America. Well-managed grazing creates increased diversity for nature. These grasslands also store as much as 54% more carbon than croplands! Grass fed beef can be on your backyard BBQ menu.
Mix and match your Veggie and Grass fed grilled burgers
Your choice of burger is important this year. With the Federal government rolling back climate change action as well as land and water protection, what you eat matters more than ever.
Make a positive difference!
😃 Green Brands (veggie burgers): Beyond Meat, Amy’s California Veggie Burgers, Hilary’s
😐 Yellow brands (grass fed beef burgers – click to find where to buy): Strauss Farms, PRE Brands
😡 Red Brands (unsustainable burgers): Bubba Burger, Ball Park Patties, Johnsonville Grillers
Tell us and your friends on Klerify’s Facebook Page how you will go green and spread the word for a unified approach to protecting our Earth with a diverse, Independence Day green cook-out!
We did not make this up!
By Ryan Thompson/U.S. Department of Agriculture [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Bing from Boston, United States (Audubon Circle Restaurant Bar) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons