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Burger King unveils Whopper from cows on green diet

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For those seeking to tackle climate change and get a fast food fix, Burger King has the answer — a Whopper from cows that fart and burp less.

The fast-food giant announced Tuesday that select restaurants in five US cities — New York, Miami, Portland, Los Angeles and Austin, Texas — would be serving Whoppers made from “reduced methane emissions” beef.

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The chain says that adding just 100 grams of lemongrass leaves to a cow’s diet late in life could reduce their output of methane, a greenhouse gas responsible for global warming.

Initial study results revealed an up to 33 percent reduction in methane emissions from cows on the new diet in the last three to four months of their lives, Burger King said.

“At Burger King, we believe that delicious, affordable, and convenient meals can also be sustainable,” said global chief marketing officer Fernando Machado.

But the company, which worked with two scientists on the project, said it hopes to inspire other groups to make similar moves by making their findings public.

“If the whole industry, from farmers, meat suppliers, and other brands join us, we can increase scale and collectively help reduce methane emissions that affect climate change,” Machado said.

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Burger King had already moved to respond to changing tastes of environmentally conscious customers who limit their meat intake by offering a vegetarian Whopper last year.


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‘Trump is scared’ and ‘literally does not appear to understand’ what is going on around him: White House reporter

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Writing in The Bulwark this Thursday, Playboy Magazine White House correspondent Brian Karem says that President Trump is losing the "strength and vigor" that carried him to an election win in 2016, especially in the wake of recently being "eviscerated" by Chris Wallace of Fox News and Jonathan Swan of Axios.

The interviews "not only exposed how unprepared Trump is for the long-interview format, but how unfamiliar and unrelatable he remains to facts," Karem writes. "He literally does not appear to understand them."

There was a time when a blusterous Trump would pick fights with reporters, but now he can "barely muster the get-up-and-go to turn the page on the briefing notes that he pretty obviously hasn’t looked at before lumbering to the podium," Karem writes.

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Biden says he won’t stand in way of possible future prosecution of Trump

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"I will not interfere with the Justice Department's judgment of whether or not they think they should pursue the prosecution of anyone that they think has violated the law."

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told NPR on Thursday that while he was unsure if it was "good for democracy," if elected he would not stand in the way of a hypothetical Justice Department prosecution of President Donald Trump for crimes committed in office.

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‘Political theater’: Analyst explains why Ted Cruz’s hearing on violence at protests was a deceptive farce

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On Tuesday, August 4, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas chaired a U.S. Senate hearing that was named “The Right of the People Peaceably to Assemble: Protecting Speech by Stopping Anarchist Violence.” The far-right Republican, during the hearing, claimed that “anarchist violence” and Antifa have been out of control at the George Floyd protests. Journalist Natasha Lennard, in an article published by The Intercept on August 5, dissects Cruz’ “political theater” and lays out some reasons why the hearing was a embarrassing farce.

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