The message from yak burger producers is clear and simple: "Eat yak burgers, not hamburgers!" But to most of us, the idea of grilling the meat of second-rate Himalayan cows isn't very appealing. Unfortunately, that will have to change considering the damage that cows (in their astronomical numbers) are causing the planet.
A battery of scientific studies have pointed to the startling reality behind the cute, cuddly cow. They are the number one cause for species extinction, topsoil loss, deforestation and the desertification of the American West. Yaks, on the other hand, are mountainous beasts who've been hardened by thousands of years in Nepal and Tibet. They're efficient, eat far less and are lighter on their feet, meaning that the environmental toll for eating a yak burger is far smaller than chomping into a beef patty. Christopher Ketcham explains in his TruthDig article that, while Americans have already invested in bison cultivation, the interest in yak and yak-infused meals is becoming an increasingly popular pattern among smart eaters.
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