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 MMMM, Kangaroo.

Now here is an idea:

Australian scientists have come up with a unique way to combat climate change: eat kangaroos and save the world.

A study claims that farming and consuming more kangaroos instead of cattle and sheep will reduce carbon gas emissions.

According to the scientific journal Conservation Letters, the Australian icon produces far less methane than sheep and cattle. Methane is one of the worst causes of greenhouse gas and in Australia alone sheep and cattle produce 11 per cent of the nation’s total emissions.

Kangaroos, on the other hand, produce relatively small amounts of the gas because they are not ruminants; as with wallabies, the microorganisms in their stomachs differ from those found in sheep and cattle.

The study, conducted by George Wilson, of the independent consultancy Australian Wildlife Services, found that increasing the kangaroo population to 175 million and decreasing the number of livestock over the next 12 years would lower Australia’s annual greenhouse gas emissions by 3 per cent.

“Currently, farmers have few options to reduce the contribution that livestock make to greenhouse gas production,” Dr Wilson said. “However, low-emission kangaroo meat will provide an option to avoid emissions . . . and have a positive global impact.”

The kangaroo has long been a symbol of Australia. The marsupial stands alongside the emu on the national coat of arms, is featured bouncing across the golden $1 coin, and one became an international hero in the 1960s as the star of the TV show Skippy the Bush Kangaroo.

Dr Wilson said that increasing the number of kangaroos that roam the Outback – now estimated at over 30 million – to produce the same amount of meat as cattle and sheep by 2020 would also provide “substantial conservation benefits”.

The study found that the environment would benefit from reducing the number of hard-hoofed livestock, potentially improving soil conservation, increasing the capacity of vegetation to respond to drought, and improving water quality.

“Although we are proposing an increase in kangaroo numbers and growth in the kangaroo harvesting industry, the net planned effect is for a lower grazing impact,” Dr Wilson said. “This means there will be less damage from hard-hoofed livestock and maintenance of kangaroo and other wildlife habitat.” He acknowledged that the livestock industry was likely to be wary of the study’s findings and said that the public – at least in Australia – would need to be reeducated about the benefits of eating kangaroo meat.

Exports, particularly to Germany, Russia and South Korea, make up about 60 per cent of the Australian kangaroo meat industry, which is worth an estimated $A200 million (£92 million).

The President of the Wildlife Protection Association of Australia, Pat O’Brien, described the study as nonsense. He said that 500 times more kangaroos than the current population would have to be killed to produce the equivalent amount of sheep and cattle meat.

“The kangaroo population is in demise in Australia; it’s never been so low because of ten years of drought,” said Mr O’Brien, who is also the chairman of the National Kangaroo Protection Coalition.

“Kangaroos have completely had it unless we stop killing them.”


Thai-style salad of kangaroo and peanuts with lime

Serves 6

Grate the zest and squeeze the juice of three limes

Mix with demerara sugar, chilli, fish sauce and tamari

Sear 400g/14oz of kangaroo fillets for 2 to 3 minutes in hot sesame oil

Slice kangaroo fillets into strips and mix with the dressing, roasted rice, shallots, herbs and peanuts

Source: Peter Gordon for BBC Food

It even gives a RECIPE!!!!

08/11/08  06:58pm


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  Message To: DuckMonster   In reference to Message Id: 1827430

 MMMM, Kangaroo.

is this serious?

08/11/08  07:07pm


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  Message To: Gottee guy   In reference to Message Id: 1827437

 MMMM, Kangaroo.

Absolutely. Aussies are looking for ways to reduce the ’Roo population. They can be as pest-like as our deer.

08/11/08  07:16pm


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 MMMM, Kangaroo.

Eat a Kangaroo; Save the Planet

By P.J. Gladnick (Bio | Archive)
August 13, 2008 - 18:02 ET

Are you a concerned liberal living in fear that you are destroying the planet via global warming? Good news! There is now a solution from Australia. Eat kangaroos. I kid you not. This is the latest in the ever growing list of "scientific" solutions to counter supposed global warming as reported by Keith Johnson in his Wall Street Journal blog, Environmental Capital:

The math goes like this. Australia is trying to figure out how to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases without crippling the economy. Cattle and sheep, by grace of their bodily functions, emit a lot of greenhouse gases—about 11% of Australia’s total emissions, and about two-thirds as much as all the cars and trucks in Australia. Kangaroos don’t, because they have a different digestive system. So if kangaroos replaced part of the cattle herds as a food source, Australia could cut its emissions by 16 million tons, or 3%, ranchers could earn hundreds of millions of dollars—and there’d still be plenty of juicy steaks.

That’s the argument laid out in a new paper arguing for a massive increase in ‘roos—and a cultural shift so that Aussies would feel comfortable grilling their national symbol. Raising kangaroos—whose numbers have been dwindling in recent years—would offer an out for the agricultural sector, which doesn’t have many other ways to cut its emissions. Replacing hard-hoofed cattle and sheep with kangaroos would also help tackle some of Australia’s other environmental problems, like soil erosion, the paper argues. Critics say they’ve struggled for years to preserve kangaroo populations. The plan’s proposed five-fold increase in kangaroos is too ambitious a jump, they say.

As has been reported previously here in NewsBusters, cows are the latest villain in causing global warming due to their natural flatulence. Ariel Schwartz at CleanTechnica.Com explains it a bit less delicately:

Methane from burps and farts of cows and sheep is an often overlooked contributor to global warming, but it accounts for 67% of Australia’s agricultural sector methane emissions. It also contributes 11% of Australia’s total emissions. In contrast, kangaroos barely produce any methane.

What does kangaroo even taste like? And can enough kangaroo meat be exported from Australia to save the planet? Not to worry. Ms. Schwartz explains that there are other non-flatulent alternatives:

Fortunately for those of us living outside of Australia, other countries are embarking on similar projects to reduce methane by farming low-emissions animals. Examples include springbok in South Africa, red deer in the UK, and bison in the United States. With CO2 emissions from other industries showing no signs of slowing down, eating a red deer burger doesn’t sound so bad.

I don’t know about eating a red deer burger but your humble correspondent did once partake of a buffalo (bison) burger and it wasn’t bad. But is Ms. Schwartz sure that buffalo are low in body "burps?" I have stood downwind from a few buffalo and the odor was, shall we say, overwhelming. Or is it that buffalo just have really bad B.O.?

08/13/08  07:42pm

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