Controversy Over Climate-Friendly Burger?!

( – A recent new addition to many menus across the United States has been the height of controversy on some popular menus.

In Florida, a burger spot called Hopdoddy Burger is going viral for offering a “climate-friendly burger” and charging more for it. Essentially, they’re saying that the burger meat came from farms that use eco-friendly agricultural techniques.

These climate-friendly burgers cost about $4 more than a regular burger on the Hopdoddy burger menu. The Hopdoddy burger chain has a new look into climate change and is claiming that eating these burgers is better for the planet.

Chad Edwards, a manager at Hopdoddy’s, said “We want to change the narrative that eating meat is bad for the planet, or that eating plant-based is better,” when talking about their climate change approach.

The restaurant claims that its approach is to appeal to climate-conscious omnivores who are looking for more ways to help the environment. The climate-friendly meat is essentially chosen based on the practices that it took to not only obtain the meat but also to raise the cows. Changing things like the cow’s diet or switching up how their manure is handled can make a huge difference in the global impact of that burger.

However, despite these claims, there is a lot of pushback on the “climate-friendly burgers” and how much of an impact on the environment that they actually have. Some claim that this burger doesn’t help the environment at all or that there is just no proof that they have made a difference.

“Eating a hamburger is always the worst choice for the climate — even a Hopdoddy burger — full stop. What is shocking is that regulators are just standing by while companies are making these misleading claims. There is no such thing as a climate-friendly hamburger,” said Scott Faber, who heads government affairs at the Environmental Working Group.

Another huge brand that has taken a similar approach here is Tyson. Tyson came out with a new line of meat that is labeled “Brazen Beef” and is claiming it to be “climate-friendly” as well. There has been pushback with this particular product, as Tyson’s alleged change in climate impact with this new beef line isn’t backed by any proof, making it questionable whether they can make claims of it being “climate-friendly.”

There is demand and a market for products like this, but ultimately there are a lot of factors to consider, including whether these claims are backed by proof or if it’s just marketing.

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