How the Blended Burger Can Help Solve Our Emissions Crisis
In The Answer is Cooking we take a look at how home cooking can help solve big problems. Today, how putting less meat into your burger can make a difference.
Released on 9/14/2016
|Executive Producer:||Matt Duckor, Eric Gillin, and David Tamarkin|
[Narrator] To understand how something
as small as a burger can have a huge
environmental impact, it helps to think of cows
as, well, hogs.
Cows are land hogs,
taking up more space than every fruit,
vegetable, and other animal combined.
They're water hogs too,
requiring three times as much water as chicken.
And it gets better,
well, actually, worse,
cows and other livestock
are one of the biggest sources of methane emissions
in the country.
Now, you can just stop eating beef altogether
if you want to,
but let's be real,
the best answer is cooking.
This is a blended burger.
Wait, what are you doing?
No, put the blender away.
A blended burger is one that's
half beef, half vegetable.
Usually that vegetable is mushroom
because mushrooms can be cut
to look like beef and flavored to taste like beef,
but that ultimately replace beef,
making a burger that uses half the water,
half the land, and half the carbon foot print.
Now that's a burger you can hog out on.
(bright jazz music)