08/02/2012 02:15 pm ET

Hidden Cost Of Hamburgers: What You Don't Know About That Double-Double (VIDEO)

This story comes courtesy of Center For Investigative Reporting.

Directed, produced and reported by Carrie Ching, illustrated and animated by Arthur Jones and reported by Sarah Terry-Cobo.

Americans love hamburgers -- we each eat an average of three a week. But what are the hidden costs? It turns out that industrial beef creates about as much greenhouse gas pollution as cars, planes and other forms of transport. It also takes a heavy environmental toll on land and water worldwide. How can we reduce our impact? Learn more in this animated short from the Center for Investigative Reporting.

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