Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Hamburger Connection.

"The Hamburger Connection" is a phrase coined by environmentalist Norman Myers in the early 1980s, and refers to the meat industry's involvement in the destruction of the environment. It came about as a result of the rapid growth in beef exports from Central America to fast-food chains in the USA, which, thanks to consumer demand, has since become a world-wide trend.

The mass production of animals for food has a devestating impact on the environment. Grazing and the production of grains for stock-feed has lead to the loss of rainforests and natural grasslands, as well as causing major environmental damage including soil erosion, pollution, global warming (caused by greenhouse gas emissions) and, ultimately, climate change. This issue affects every living creature on the planet.

One of the most effective ways to fight global warming and climate change is to change to a Vegetarian diet. If you want to have a greater impact on the environment than that of a hybrid car, go Vegan.

I considered making this an enormous preachy post about how eating animals causes climate change, but then I realised it is probably more worthwhile if I share some of the very informative and inspiring websites that I myself regularly refer to.

These include:

These websites contain very informative, and very relevant information about global warming and climate change, how it affects us all, and what we can do to make a difference. Please take a few moments of your time to check them out. You will be impressed, probably learn something new, and hopefully be inspired to take action.

If you're then ready to take the plunge, GoVeg provide a FREE, no-obligation Vegetarian Starter Kit for you to order or download.

So, no more excuses. Having a positive effect on the environment has never been so easy.

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