Saturday, August 09, 2008

Eat Kangaroo, not Beef

Well, that's what a researcher in Australia is saying, to help reduce methane gasses. I'll try it. From the article:

Switching from beef to kangaroo burgers could significantly help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says an Australian scientist.

The gas produced by sheep and cows through belching and flatulence is a huge contributor to global warming - much more than carbon dioxide.

But kangaroos produce virtually no methane gas because their digestive systems are different.

Dr George Wilson, of the Australian Wildlife Services, urges farming them.

Apparently, deer produce methane gas as well--they're ruminants--so eating venison might not help. Oh well, there are plenty here in Virginia and we don't need to farm them! Here's an article about a "flatulence inoculation" being developed. From that article:

Sheep, cattle, goats and deer produce large quantities of gas through belching and flatulence, as their multiple stomachs digest grass.

Ruminants are responsible for about 25 per cent of the methane produced in Britain, but in countries with a large agricultural sector, the proportion is much higher.

The 45 million sheep and 10 million cattle in New Zealand burped and farted about 90 percent of that country's methane emissions, according to government figures.

In comparison, livestock are responsible for about two per cent of the United States's greenhouse gas emissions, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency.


Well, pigs, fish and fowl aren't ruminants, so we omnivores still have some methane-free choices. :)

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1 comments:

Olivier @ mindfulness exercises said...

The other thing about kangaroo is that the meat is really delicious. :-)
I find it much more tender than beef, and if it has an added environmental benefit ... all the better.

Olivier.