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Expensive burgers

(article, Culinate staff)

From the March/April issue of Eating Well magazine comes a quick rundown of why burgers aren't truly cheap. The math comes from Raj Patel's new book, The Value of Nothing, which compares the $3.50 cost of a Big Mac to the billions of dollars involved in cleaning up the greenhouse gases emitted by beef cattle, paying agricultural subsidies for the corn fed to those cows, and funding public-health programs for citizens sickened by working for, living near, or eating the products of fast-food companies.