Sunday, October 5, 2008

Switching Meat Sources to Help Global Warming

I read this article on the ABC science website and it wrote how Australia is trying to think of new ways to help decrease the amount of harmful gas emissions. A major factor in the severity of their greenhouse effect is due to the number of animals they kill. They were brainstorming up ideas to try and reduce the amount of methane gas without completely eliminating meat such as cattle and sheep. Australia has come up with the idea of eating kangaroo because it produces less amount of methane gas then their current meat sources. "Livestock, mainly cattle and sheep, are responsible for some 67% of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions." states Garnaut's report on ABC Science. They are starting to talk about reducing the amount of lamb and cattle produced and increasing dramatically the amount of kangaroo produced within the next 10 or so years. Many Australians already eat kangaroo and there is a huge population on the continent so this plan is very realistic. I personally think this is a good idea. If you have a too heavily populated animal in which it can replace another source of meat to help improve global warming, this needs to be put into effect. I understand how this could cause a conflict because Australia is well-known for their kangaroos, but it is not just about Australians in this case. This could positively effect the rest of the world. Global warming can not be ignored and any slight chance that this will lessen the green house effect makes me believe it should happen. I understand it will be strange for some to change from eating cattle and sheep to eating kangaroo, however this article claims many Australians already do. I say, go for it! Try to reduce the amount of harmful gas emissions even if that means eating a new kind of meat!


Brad Wilson said...

Better yet: do not eat meat. The animals, besides emitting methane, need to take the resources used to grow their food.

Diana said...

I had never even heard of that before. It is very interesting yet it sounds very strange and even cruel, but I guess it is a new step towards helping global warming.

And about not eating meat at all... some people need to eat meat because their body can not come up with enough proteins and nutrients, even with tablets or medicinal pills. I have heard of many people who wanted to become vegetarians and nutritionists told them they had to eat some meat to be healthy.