Kangaroo is native and healthy, and a sustainable red meat.
Australia’s Aboriginal communities have relied on this source of red meat ,high in iron and protein, for millennia.
Kangaroos graze and roam freely, nomads seeking out native vegetation in Australia’s back yard. As such, their diet is natural, and of course, with no added chemicals, growth hormones or antibiotics.
Kangaroo meat contains three times the amount of iron when compared to pork and chicken and twice the amount of iron contained in beef. It has less than 2% unsaturated fats and is recommended by Australia’s heart foundation as a healthy option for low-fat red meat.
There are many health-protecting properties attributed to kangaroo meat, namely it is said to be anti-carcinogenic and antidiabetic, and it is known to combat obesity and atherosclerosis (artery plaque). Kangaroo meat is high in protein, contains essential B vitamins including B12, minerals (zinc and iron) and Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.
The Australian Department of Environment reports that Australia’s Kangaroo harvest is “One of the world’s best practice Wild harvest operations with management goals based firmly on Sustainability” .
The grazing of cattle and sheep in areas that cannot support them is far less sustainable than harvesting Kangaroo in its natural environment. The impacts of climate change are pushing consumer trends toward kangaroo meat over and above increasingly unsustainable conventional farming practices.
It is well documented that kangaroos, unlike other animals farmed for red meat, produce a minimal amount of methane gas, therefore barely contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. Typically, one kangaroo produces only 6.5 litres of green house gasses per annum, while cattle and sheep produce 250-500 litres of green house gasses per day. Furthermore, cattle consume 140 litres of water per day, sheep approximately 12 litres, while kangaroos average 1.5 litres of water consumption per day. These are such important indicators for the sustainability of red meat in a country experiencing frequent periods of drought.
Kangaroo meat … tasty, healthy, sustainable, low carbon footprint … it’s the right choice.