Saturday, 9 August 2008

Roo burgers fight global warming?

Farming kangaroos instead of sheep and cattle in Australia could cut by almost a quarter the greenhouse gases produced by grazing livestock, which account for 11 percent of the nation's annual emissions, said a new study. Kangaroos produce only small amounts of methane, said the study. However, the study said changing farming in Australia, which is one of the world's top wool and beef producers but sells only small amounts of kangaroo meat for eating, would not be easy. The kangaroo is on Australia's coat of arms,and is seen by many as a national symbol, but farmers see the country's 34 million kangaroos as pests that compete for grazing pastures with sheep and cattle. Transport and energy accounts for the largest amount of emissions, at 69.6 percent, with agriculture creating 15.6 percent. Sheep and cattle alone produce 10.9 percent of emissions. Read the complete article here.

What I didn't read, however was the option of not eating meat at all or at least cutting down. Rant over from the veggie.

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