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Kangaroo meat

What are the environmental benefits of eating kangaroo meat?

The fragile Australian rangeland environment is easily degraded, and the kangaroo population explosion caused by European settlement is damaging to the soil and vegetation. Because the kangaroo has reached pest levels on cleared and vulnerable land, population control is needed.

Selling the meat is one way of making the pest control pay for itself - otherwise nearly the entire cost would fall on farmers.

Greenpeace recommends that Australia reduce its beef consumption by 20 per cent, as the agricultural sector is the biggest contributor of methane (a greenhouse gas) to the atmosphere, and beef production is the biggest contributor within that sector.

Kangaroos do not emit methane, so replacing a portion of the beef industry with kangaroo meat helps Australia to combat climate change.

However, eating less meat in general as well as substituting kangaroo for other meats is recommended.

As well as not producing methane, kangaroos are drought-adapted creatures that require less food than cows and sheep, and do not destroy the root systems of native grasses, when their population numbers are controlled.

The kangaroo's status as a national icon means that public interest is extensive enough to ensure that governmental monitoring is thorough and ongoing, and likely to protect the kangaroo from over-exploitation.

What are the health benefits of eating kangaroo meat?

Kangaroo is a low fat option (two per cent fat) with high levels of protein, iron and zinc.

Kangaroo is also an extremely high source of the "healthy" fat CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), containing up to five times the amount found in lamb (also considered a high CLA content meat). CLA reduces obesity and high blood pressure, and is potentially anti-carcinogenic and anti-diabetic.

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