When a Big Mac crashes more than your diet

I don’t know what the carbon footprint of a McDonald’s Big Mac is, but I know that a simple cheeseburger produces about 6.5 pounds of emissions. I also heard that a regular quarter-pounder eats away 1.2 pounds of grain, 6 square feet of prairie-land, and consumes over 600 gallons of potable water.

With that in mind, read the following:

Last Wednesday, the Japanese Ministry of Environment entered into a partnership with McDonald’s to give away Big Macs (at half price!) to people pledging to support and participate in the fight against global warming.

The only thing necessary to get the half-price burger was to fill out a “proof on engagement” form located on the Environment Ministry’s Web site. The interest in the offer was so great, the server hosting the document crashed.

Isn’t it ironic that by buying all those Big Macs, activists are actually perpetuating global warming?

People really do not have their priorities in the right place, do they?

Half-price Big Mac to fight global warming proves big hit in Japan

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12 Responses to When a Big Mac crashes more than your diet

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  2. So, some of the problems with the Big Mac are that it uses grain, farmland, and potable water? All of which are renewable resources that are used in similar quantities to produce any and all food-stuffs that we consume. And the amount of fuel burned to transport and process the big mac from start to finish is probably not that far off from other, much healthier, foods. In fact when you are talking about raw efficacy, I'm guessing that the McDonalds corporation is probably delivering a very good colorie/gallon ratio, considering the massive number of calories contained in each big mac.

    But other than that, thanks for throwing out numbers with no comparison. Which allowed me to feel completely justified in leaving my own un-verified and un-referenced rebuttal! Yay for arguing on teh internets. :)

    • You know, you're actually part right,

      but the thing that I really deplore is that this offer will make people consume something in excess… and excess is never good for anybody..

      with that said, gotta get back to work ;)

    • Well it's just like "for every steak produced, 16 meals of grain could be produced" thing. The cow consumed so much grain over its lifetime that humans could have had. If, instead of overbreeding cows for slaughter, we just ate the grain to begin with, we wouldn't need to rape the land (it can't support endless amounts of grain indefinitely, you need to leave a field empty once in a while) to produce all the food for the cattle, and we'd have plenty of food for everyone instead of this whole world-hunger thing.

      • :D I'd rather have a steak than bread.

        Also, The amount of hungry people, (Especially those in Africa.) Shouldn't actually be there, un-substainable human population growth created by, the population copying the western world. (I.E. Having your cake and eating it) Which has been forced on them by us. We should stop interfering and let them Evolve, they're still mostly tribal.

  3. So, some of the problems with the Big Mac are that it uses grain, farmland, and potable water? All of which are renewable resources that are used in similar quantities to produce any and all food-stuffs that we consume. And the amount of fuel burned to transport and process the big mac from start to finish is probably not that far off from other, much healthier, foods. In fact when you are talking about raw efficacy, I’m guessing that the McDonalds corporation is probably delivering a very good colorie/gallon ratio, considering the massive number of calories contained in each big mac.

    But other than that, thanks for throwing out numbers with no comparison. Which allowed me to feel completely justified in leaving my own un-verified and un-referenced rebuttal! Yay for arguing on teh internets. :)

    • You know, you’re actually part right,

      but the thing that I really deplore is that this offer will make people consume something in excess… and excess is never good for anybody..

      with that said, gotta get back to work ;)

    • Well it’s just like “for every steak produced, 16 meals of grain could be produced” thing. The cow consumed so much grain over its lifetime that humans could have had. If, instead of overbreeding cows for slaughter, we just ate the grain to begin with, we wouldn’t need to rape the land (it can’t support endless amounts of grain indefinitely, you need to leave a field empty once in a while) to produce all the food for the cattle, and we’d have plenty of food for everyone instead of this whole world-hunger thing.

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  5. :D I’d rather have a steak than bread.
    Also, The amount of hungry people, (Especially those in Africa.) Shouldn’t actually be there, un-substainable human population growth created by, the population copying the western world. (I.E. Having your cake and eating it) Which has been forced on them by us. We should stop interfering and let them Evolve, they’re still mostly tribal.