You Are Eating 1000 Cows

Since 1937, McDonald’s has been making a steady contribution to the American diet. But what started as a US-based burger joint has expanded across the globe, and its varied menu now includes everything from salads to shakes to breakfast sandwiches. But the Big Mac is one beloved meal staple that has a long standing on the McDonald’s menu, no matter what country you’re dining in. If you’ve eaten a Big Mac, however, you might not be aware of everything that made that burger happen.


  1. I really love the (new) found argument about the CO2 cows expell in the atmosphere. Guys, there were cows long before the ’90s, when everybody got concerned about the global warming.

    • FreshmanYale says:

      this has to be the dumbest comment I’ve read online

      • Why is it dumb…?
        We people, exhale CO2, every single living being produces CO2.
        Everything that rots and gets eaten by bacteria produces CO2.

        All of that stuff hasn’t changed over the last million years.
        The only difference you can come up with is that these particular cows produce CO2 while they end up as a burger instead of a steak.

        And don’t come at me with: but the transport, production etc etc… Yea yea. Which they wouldn’t if they had ended up as another type of food product like said steak?

        The only sensible argument with cows over other cattle is that they produce methane, which is… apparently more harmful as a greenhouse gas then CO2.
        But I’m not expert and I haven’t been up their to check it out.

    • Charlie Sims says:

      It’s methane that is the problem from cows, not co2 and Its the amount of cows that is the issue not when they existed from or when carbon dioxide theory of Anthropgenic climate change became main stream. Forests are cleared to raise cattle in massive numbers and that adds greenhouse gases to the system.
      As an aside, Carbon dioxide is created and held in our lungs and we would die without it. It’s not some form of poison that is terrible for the planet. It’s essential for all livings things but the carbon cycle is a system into which you cannot simply add more as it then builds up, thus perpetuating a positive feedback cycle.

  2. FreshmanYale says:

    cows expel Methane. not CO2

    • buffalos were are many as could be had in the 1700’s. the can interbreed so the systems must be the same. so many cows now? not as many as there were buffalo’s before. so don’t talk to me about methane

  3. Actually Freshman Yale, cows expel CO2 as well as methane. So do you. All respiring living things expell CO2, including plants.

    • Robin your an idiot if you think plants expel CO2. Plants take in CO2 and expel oxygen. That is taught in grade school.

      • He is actually correct. Plants consume CO2 during photosynthesis but for actual respiration, they take in O2 and release CO2 just like us.

  4. Actually Robin, you are also incorrect. Plants do not expell carbon dioxide (CO2) but they do expell oxygen. Plants take in CO2 and give out oxygen (the opposite to us). This is why people say to plant more trees to help global warming beacause this reduces the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere.

    • Plants expel CO2 at night.

      • However, the amount of CO2 expelled during respiration is negligible to the amount of oxygen during the period the surface is exposed to sunlight, thus leaving no reason to worry about CO2 or CO poisoning during sleeping hours.

  5. The difference between millions of cows now and millions of cows before is before cows were moving constantly eating grass, now they are pinned in little cubicles eating crap. Before methane was contributed evenly now methane stays in place.

  6. Cows have nothing to do with Global warming. We had millions of buffalo in the western USA and there was no global warming.. Also another misconception all the volcanic activity in the world only puts out a small fraction of CO2 compared to what humans generate Also trees are NOT the cure. They are actually carbon sinks. When they die and rot, burn etc, they release the CO2 they have absorbed. Methane is worse than CO2 but we (and cows) do not generate as much as we do CO2.

  7. “Anonymous
    on April 28, 2015 at 5:53 pm
    Actually Robin, you are also incorrect. Plants do not expel carbon dioxide (CO2) but they do expel oxygen. Plants take in CO2 and give out oxygen (the opposite to us). This is why people say to plant more trees to help global warming because this reduces the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere.”

    Actually you are incorrect, plants do expel CO2 as well as O2, it just depends what time of day is it. Most plants expel CO2 during night.

  8. Phil Miller says:

    Ican’t stop but notice you two fighting over a topic with false statements..

    Go study your 10th grade again..

  9. Phil, get an education.

    During their lifetimes, plants generally give off about half of the carbon dioxide (CO2), that they absorb, although this varies a great deal between different kinds of plants. Once they die, almost all of the carbon that they stored up in their bodies is released again into the atmosphere.
    As you may know, plants use the energy in sunlight to convert CO2 (from the air) and water (from the soil) into sugars. This is called photosynthesis.Plants use some of these sugars as food to stay alive, and some of them to build new stems and leaves so they can grow. When plants burn their sugars for food, CO2 is produced as a waste product, just like the CO2 that we exhale is a waste product from the food we burn for energy. This happens day and night, but since photosynthesis is powered by sunlight, plants absorb much more CO2 than they give off during the daytime. At night, when photosynthesis is not happening, they give off much more CO2 than they absorb. While they’re alive, overall, about half of the CO2 that plants absorb is given off as waste.
    When you look at a tree, almost all of the body of the tree is made of sugars, which are made from carbon (from CO2) and hydrogen and oxygen (from water). When the tree dies, it rots as decomposers, like bacteria, fungi,and insects eat away at it. Those decomposers gradually release almost all of the tree’s stored carbon back into the atmosphere as CO2. Only a very small portion of the carbon in the tree ends up staying in the soil or washing out to sea without changing back into CO2.

  10. why does one have to be disrespectful to other one’s opinions, what a crappy way of contributing your thoughts , plants give out oxygen at day time(light) and CO2 at night, I am a botanist

  11. Well thank you everyone for helping to refresh my memory on these things! All very useful and it was quite alarming to realise I couldn’t actually explain what photosynthesis was anymore… Now I can again, so thank you!

  12. Not bad, a lot of useful and new!

  13. Roberto Belen says:

    In reality- deforestation for raising cattle is a real and tangible problem.

    The meat industry destroys millions of acres of forest in Brasil, Central America, Argentina, Paraguay, and many other countries that before the high demand for meat were cultivating grains, fruits and vegetables.

  14. Devika Rani V.S. says:

    The Patty can be vegeterian with spices endemic to the country in which the manufacturing unit is based out of. The taste and pricing matters. The burgers are addictive but in India they need to be affordable and healthy supplement for students and office goers. Value for Money is what makes food desirable.

  15. OMG the amount if idiocy here is amazing
    I can really feel the dumbed down versions the general american public have become thanks to all the years of indoctrination an junk eating

    Most plants inhale co2 and exhale oxygen but very few of them exhale co2 at night.
    if all the plants were exhaling co2 at night then they would simple balance out the oxygen exhaling at day time and earth would’ve died already …

  16. Robert McLoughlin says:

    Let the good times roll!

  17. I live three hundred miles north of the nearest McDonalds.
    Please stop.

  18. Plants use photosynthesis to capture carbon dioxide and then release half of it into the atmosphere through respiration. Plants also release oxygen into the atmosphere through photosynthesis.Study shows that as global temperatures increase, the amount of carbon dioxide released through plant respiration will increase significantly.Thank you.

  19. Bonjour. ….merci…..

  20. Bonjour. …merci. …

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