A lot of people are surprised to hear that I am a vegetarian and managed to do races like the Tour Divide (4,418 km) and the Transcontinental (3,400 km) without eating anything which moved of its own volition. I became a vegetarian 27 years ago for health reasons, but I’ve also over time become sensitized to the issues of animal welfare and the environment. I found the attached image at: http://www.upworthy.com/is-vegetarian-something-youd-never-try-these-numbers-might-change-your-mind?c=slt1 and thought I would share it. Animals really do have a major negative impact on the environment. New Zealand’s rivers and streams are particularly suffering from the impact of increased dairying. So next time you go for a hamburger how about consider a veggie burger instead?