On Green Menu: Roos & Camels
Studies say beef emits greenhouse gases
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2009 5:34 AM CST
A female kangaroo and her joey in suburban Sydney. A study on climate change has suggested raising kangaroo for would produce less greenhouse gases than beef and sheep.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)
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(Newser) – Australians are being advised to save the planet by eating kangaroos and camels. A study of Australia's 1 million wild camels, descendants of camels imported as pack animals, recommends that their numbers be culled by hunting them for food, AFP reports. A separate study suggests that kangaroos be farmed for meat instead of methane-producing cattle and sheep.

Some beef farmers say raising kangaroos for meat is impractical. "You are dealing with an animal that isn't used to being touched or herded," says one beef farmer. "Apparently they do have quite high rates of heart attacks from fright and also tend to damage themselves quite easily, break legs, things like that."