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Why Burger King Is Under Fire for Alleged Rampant Environmental Destruction

"Massive, out-of-control fires raged through the landscape."
March 5, 2017, 4:42pm

Burger King, the company that sometimes thinks that crispy chicken is a vegetarian option, is now having to contend with a scathing report by environmental protection group Mighty Earth.

Entitled "The Ultimate Mystery Meat," Mighty Earth investigated the impact of soy crops used to feed the animals that go into 11 million Whoppers, Crispy Chickens Jr., Bacon Kings, and other sandwiches every single day.

Turns out that the global burger chain is flame-grilling more than just beef patties. According to the report, the company's two main soy suppliers—Bunge and Cargill—are "systematically" burning tropical forests in Brazil and Bolivia, leading to the disappearance of more than 1.7 million acres of forest land between 2011 and 2015.

And it's not just trees that are getting fucked up by Bunge and Cargill (who sound like crusty a detective team from the 70s). This alleged rampant deforestation is also having a devastating impact on sloths, jaguars, giant anteaters, and other species that rely on the rich ecosystem for survival.

By using aerial drones, Mighty Earth claims that they witnessed tractors "ripping up" the ancient savannah as well as soybean farmers using "systematic fires to burn the debris and clear the land—sending acrid smoke across the whole region."

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