This Fourth of July, declare your independence from factory-farmed meat, and grill yourself a burger that is better for ranchers, animals, the environment, and you.
The Better Burger Challenge, launched by Friends of the Earth and Turning Green, is inspiring home cooks, chefs, and schools to craft burgers made from less and better beef, or no meat at all. For beef burgers, that means using at least 30% less meat, sourced from farms that use regenerative and humane practices, and supplementing your patty with organic plant-based foods.
– Kari Hamerschlag, Friends of the Earth (The Daily Meal)
This Memorial Day weekend, as millions of Americans fire up the grill for that first taste of summer, the simple act of flipping over a better burger could make a huge difference for your health and the environment.
More people eat beef on Memorial Day than on any other day—even more than on July 4 or Labor Day. Those burgers may taste good, but most of them come from animals raised in filthy, cramped conditions in industrial feedlots, fed a diet of pesticide-doused GMO corn and soy, and routinely given antibiotics and hormones. The result: environmental destruction, unhealthy animals and a real threat to personal and public health.
– Visit Oakland
Break out your broad-brimmed hats and dig out your best summer fruit recipes for CUESA’s Summer Jam at Jack London Square Farmers Market on Sunday July 9. Savor the farmers market with a day of summer flavors, contests, crafts, and family-friendly fun. Activities include… Better Burger Challenge Cook-Off: Join local chefs, Friends of the Earth, and Casa Rosa Farms at the CUESA classroom tent to learn how to make two different Better Burgers: better for your health, animals, farmers, and the environment. Taste samples and take home recipes.
As part of the CUESA’s Summer Jam at Jack London Square Farmers Market, join us at the CUESA classroom tent for a Better Burger Challenge cook-off, in partnership with Friends of the Earth and Casa Rosa Farms, featuring Oakland Unified School District.
– Oregon Green Schools Association
Turning Green and Friends of the Earth have recently launched the Better Burger Challenge—a new initiative that aims to transform the iconic resource-intensive American hamburger into a force for better health, environmental sustainability, animal welfare and opportunity for independent family farmers and ranchers.
– Robin Madel, Ecocentric
We Americans definitely love our burgers. Unfortunately, our love has come with a high price tag – including environmental destruction and poor animal welfare. Conventional meat production – especially beef – is incredibly resource intensive. Friends of the Earth and Turning Green’s Better Burger Challenge wants to transform the iconic, resource-intensive American hamburger into a force for better health, environmental sustainability and animal welfare, as well as provide new opportunities for independent family farmers and ranchers.
– Katherine Martinko, Treehugger
Adding vegetables or legumes to ground beef makes a burger that’s tastier, healthier, and less environmentally damaging.
– Kari Hamerschlag, Friends of the Earth
This summer, as millions of Americans fire up the grill, the simple act of flipping over a better burger could make a huge difference for your health and the environment
– Kristine Wong, Civil Eats
Cash-strapped school districts that want to feed students healthy meals often find themselves in a bind. But through a pilot program that served up less meat and cheese—and puts higher-quality meat, more beans, and more fresh produce on kids’ plates—the school district in Oakland, California has shown that it’s possible to get kids eating better food within a limited budget while reducing its carbon footprint.
Civil Eats provides a nice synopsis of a report recently released by environmental nonprofit Friends of the Earth, which analyzed Oakland Unified School District (OUSD)’s efforts by comparing the impact of its carbon and water footprints, money spent, and types of food purchased over a two-year period.
– Friends of the Earth Press Release
Memorial Day weekend and National Hamburger Day (May 28) kick off burger grilling season and the launch of the Better Burger Challenge, a new campaign from Friends of the Earth and Turning Green to transform the iconic, resource-intensive American hamburger into a force for better health, good farming practices and animal welfare.
Friends of the Earth press release: http://www.foe.org/news/news-releases/2017-05-better-burger-challenge-launches-nationwide