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Hamburgers: The Economics of America’s Favorite Food

Who doesn’t salivate at the thought of a juicy hamburger? (OK, let’s rephrase that: vegetarians excluded, who doesn’t salivate at the thought of a juicy hamburger?)

The point is, there is hardly any food that’s more American. And capitalizing on that are many industries, from fast-food restaurants to cattle growers, to ketchup and mustard producers. But have you ever thought about the scope of the industries involved? In our latest infographic we dissect a typical hamburger — and we give you the “meat” on the industries involved: the popularity of each ingredient, how much of it is produced annually, and how much of it we consume. In other words: the hamburger economy. Bon Appetit!