Greenpeace report report commissioned by Greenpeace that came out last week says, among other things, that eating more kangaroos is better for the environment than eating beef, on the basis that less land clearing is required, and kangaroos don’t produce the methane gas released by cattle and sheep. I assume they’d also consume less water.
So the other day in Coles I picked up some Kanga Bangas to try. (I don’t recall seeing them in Safeway.) From the looks of it, apart from any environmental benefits, they also have much less fat than conventional snags (something like 90-95% less, if I have my sums right), so they’ll actually be healthier too. They’re also surprisingly cheap, for something I would have thought might be a niche product.
I know Jen tried them recently and liked them… but the real test is: do the kids like the taste?
No they didn’t, not very much. And I wasn’t that keen either to be honest. Perhaps it’s not that they’re bad, but that they’re not the usual taste. But there might be some other brands out there, and I can also try frying rather than using the grill, so I’m not giving up yet.
UPDATE 5/8/2009: Greenpeace have been in touch to say that the Dr Mark Diesendorf report quoted in the media did not reflect Greenpeace policy, and: “Greenpeace doesn’t advocate eating kangaroo meat and we don’t have a position on whether eating kangaroo meat is good for the environment.”