Australians say eating kangaroos will save the world
A new study published in the scientific journal Conservation Letters, states that the farming and consumption of more kangaroos, instead of cattle and sheep will reduce carbon gas emissions and help control climate change.
It turns out kangaroos, a long time Australian icon, produce far less methane than sheep and cattle – and methane is one of the worst causes of greenhouse gas. In Australia alone, sheep and cattle produce 11% of the nation’s total greenhouse gas emissions.
Kangaroos, on the other hand, produce relatively small amounts of the gas because they are not ruminants. Kangaroos and wallabies have different micro-organisms in their pre-gastric stomachs than sheep and cattle and therefore emit little methane.
Australia needs to increase the kangaroo population to 175 million and decrease the number of livestock over the next 12 years. This would most likely cut greenhouse gas emissions by three per cent.
The red and grey kangaroo, with its distinctive hind legs and long tail, has long been an icon 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.
Reducing the number of hard-hooved livestock could improve soil conservation, and even improve water quality.
I've never tasted kangaroo - have you?