Eat kangeroo to save planet, say scientists
By Frank Thorne
Scientists have outlined a wacky plan for saving the planet - eating kangaroos.
Cows and sheep produce methane that makes up 11 per cent of Australia's harmful gases. But marsupials such as TV's Skippy do not.
Reducing cattle and sheep herds by 43 million and rearing 175 million more kangaroos would mean the same amount of meat but with three per cent fewer emissions, researchers argue.
Dr George Wilson said: "Using kangaroos to produce low-emission meat is an option...and could have global application."
The proposals would see a 30 per cent cull in cattle and sheep herds over the next 12 years while kangaroo numbers rocketed five-fold from their present 34 million.
The drop in greenhouse gases would be worth £300million to the Australian economy, the academic said. However, many farmers see kangaroos as pests even though one appears on the Aussie coat of arms. The study admitted: "The change will require large cultural and social adjustments."Mirror, 09/08/08.