Saturday, 1 April 2017

Burger King - King of Destruction

Burger King, the company that sometimes thinks that crispy chicken is a vegetarian option, that poses as a good corporation citizen 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 (Cargill which  has also sponsored Burger King’s annual convention in 2015, and donated a five-figure sum to the Burger King McLamore Foundation in 2014.) are "systematically" burning tropical forests in Brazil and Bolivia,  to make way for industrial soy farms to feed cattle leading to the disappearance of more than 1.7 million acres of forest land between 2011 and 2015.
The trees of tropical rainforests make up critical habitat, for an incredible diversity of amazing wildlife like sloths, jaguars, golden lion tamarins, macaws and many others.This alleged rampant deforestation is a devastating impact on these species that rely on the rich ecosystem for survival.
The connection might not be immediately apparent, since Burger King sources its beef regionally. Nevertheless, your local Burger King restaurant is also driving deforestation.As one of the world’s biggest fast food corporations, Burger King has the clout to demand that its suppliers produce soy feed without harming nature – but it doesn’t.
Instead, it is granting them a 13-year grace period during which they can continue to destroy forests. 13 years! Not a single tree will remain standing in many regions by then.We  simply can't wait another thirteen years to save crucial rainforests and habitat.
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."
Burger King are not the only corporation currently raping our planet, so, why target Burger King when so many other fast food chains rely on soy crops? Apparently, Burger King is the worst of the pack, scoring a big, fat zero on the Union of Concerned Scientists' 2016 scorecard of major beef sellers' deforestation profiles, way behind Wal-Mart, McDonald's, and Wendy's.
"Unlike many of its competitors, Burger King has repeatedly turned down requests from civil society organizations to commit to only buying from suppliers who don't engage in destruction of forests, or to provide information about where its commodities originate," the report states.Burger King, which is owned by the Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital, does not disclose details of its suppliers but has refused to rule out buying products produced on deforested land.
Last year, nearly 2m hectares of land was deforested in Brazil – up from 1.5m in 2015 – while an estimated 865,000 hectares of forest was cleared in Bolivia, compared to 667,000 a year in the 2000s.
Not all of the forest clearing was linked to soy production, but Mighty Earth says food companies are not doing enough to prevent deforestation in areas they operate in, and offer financial incentives that spur the process in the first place.
 Burger King - King of Destruction

Burger King sells 11 million burgers daily at the cost of the environment. It is systematically  destroyng  rainforests and with it, its wildlife, including endangered species. Although protesters have urged the burger giant to stop using these suppliers, it has refused. Their actions are simply irresponsible, wrong and unacceptable and smacks of pure greed, we urgently need to get the word out to  Burger King and tell them they can't get away with it.
Please tell burger King to get deforestation out of its supply chain now.

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