Burger King is trying to prevent climate change and keep their customers well-fed at the same time.
Per the New York Post, the fast-food company will now use beef that is less gassy writing, “Burger King is serving a version of its signature sandwich made from cows that spew less methane, a nasty greenhouse gas that’s contributing to climate change.”
How will Burger King do this? They add, “The cows that produce the special patties are fed with a special diet that the Restaurant Brands International-owned chain developed in an effort to lighten its environmental footprint.”
With help from scientists from the Autonomous University of Mexico and the University of California, Berkeley, they discovered that lemongrass is the key to making this possible.
“Adding 100 grams of lemongrass leaves to cows’ daily diet in the last four months of their lives can cut the amount of methane they fart, burp and poop into the air by up to a third.”
In a statement about the “Reduced Methane Emissions Beef Whopper,” the company’s global chief marketing officer stated, “This an open-source approach to a real problem. If the whole industry, from farmers, meat suppliers, and other brands join us, we can increase scale and collectively help reduce methane emissions that affect climate change.”
As the New York Post points out, “Livestock currently account for 14.5 percent of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions.”
The new whopper will be available in New York, Los Angeles, Austin, Miami, and Portland, Oregon.