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Why not? I'm in.

Posted by Abby | August 11, 2008 1:25 PM

Kangaroo saltimboca.

Posted by PC | August 11, 2008 1:26 PM

Works for me. The one time I ate kangaroo I thought it tasted good.

Posted by Hernandez | August 11, 2008 1:30 PM

I've never seen a kangaroo that looked quite so...human.

Posted by homage to me | August 11, 2008 1:31 PM

If only they served these at Outback.

Posted by Ziggity | August 11, 2008 1:32 PM

Kangaroo is excellent. It's not very fatty, so it's not going to satisfy that hardcore steak lover, but it's delicious and flavorful "bush tucker". And kangaroos are a major pest; they're almost perfectly adapted to take advantage of the changes wrought on the Australian landscape by farming, and their population is exploding as a result. You can't drive down an Australian road for more than a hundred yards without seeing a dead roo, wallaby, or wombat. Unfortunately the smaller and more interesting marsupials are severely endangered by some of these same conditions.

Posted by Fnarf | August 11, 2008 1:32 PM

Fuuuuck that noise. I'm going to Burgermaster.

Posted by Shelby Cobra | August 11, 2008 1:38 PM

Why would I want to save the Moon?

Blow it up, I say!

Posted by NapoleonXIV | August 11, 2008 1:38 PM

I'll be dead in, say, 15 years and I bet NOBODY will be thankful if I change my eating habits or recycle my newspaper. ("Welcome! This is the day we commemorate Hartiepie who switched from incandescent to florescent bulbs in 2008...")

Any change I could make is wiped out instantly by corporate and political blunders that are measured in billions and trillions, and happen in seconds as opposed to my decades.

Now, gimme me my hamburger....

Posted by Hartiepie | August 11, 2008 1:40 PM

Agreed, Homage. Where was that Roo picture taken, Madison Park?

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | August 11, 2008 1:42 PM

Not eating meat is even greener. Instead of taking the feed and water to produce this earthling for slaughter you can consume those items yourself.

Posted by yakdan | August 11, 2008 1:42 PM

Put a pair of sunglasses on him and you'd have Joe Camel's gay cousin...

Posted by NapoleonXIV | August 11, 2008 1:46 PM

It bears speculating that cow-tippers and sheep fuckers might needs be put on notice.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | August 11, 2008 1:53 PM

I'm willing to try it.

Thad said, did anyone stop and think that maybe the Australian doctor is pushing kangaroo meat because it would be good for the Australian economy?

Posted by Mike of Renton | August 11, 2008 1:56 PM

Yakdan, kangaroo doesn't require and feed or water; they forage for those items (and take them away from other animals). That is in fact the purpose of large ruminants and other foraging animals: to convert food humans cannot digest (like cellulose in grass) into food that humans can (like meat). Food animals that forage do not take resources from humans.

This is the same reason that lamb from New Zealand (which eats only wild grasses) is better for the environment than lamb from most parts of the US (which eats harvested and processed feed), even when you consider the (fairly trivial) amount of jet fuel it takes to get it here.

Kangaroo is the lowest-impact meat you could imagine; and in fact harvesting that meat would PROTECT cereal crops that they now steal from farmers despite their best efforts to prevent them from doing so. As it stands, kangaroos are gigantic vermin.

Posted by Fnarf | August 11, 2008 2:10 PM

An added benefit to 'roos would be that they're less destructive to topsoil in areas where they graze because, unlike cows, they don't have hooves that tear up the soil where they graze (not that there's a lot of grazing going on in factory farm feedlots anyway.) Bison are lower impact for the same reason. Loss of topsoil is going to be a big agricultural problem within our lifetime, right on the heels of shortages of potable water.

Of course, switching to a vegan diet would probably be the lowest possible impact and highest yield all around. But steps like switching to less destructive livestock for meat might be a good idea if by some wacky chance Earth's cultures prove unwilling to completely abandon eating flesh for sustenance.

Posted by flamingbanjo | August 11, 2008 2:12 PM

I thought that Outback already served kangaroo.

Posted by Mahtli69 | August 11, 2008 2:24 PM

So, uh, since just about every other time in history that humans have screwed around with ecosystems by introducing new animals it's caused massive ecological devastation, what makes you think this is going to be different?

Posted by Greg | August 11, 2008 2:24 PM

#18: Kangaroos are native to Australia.

Posted by flamingbanjo | August 11, 2008 2:33 PM

Eatin' 'Roos is all well an' good, mate, tasty they is. But seerisly now... think perhaps that SHIPPING 'roo meat all th' way fr'm down unda' isn't gonna cost a pritty penny or two? Fewl bein' wot it is an' all.

Naahh.. for you Yanks, RABBITS ARE THE NEW BEEF. Local, cheap, quiet... delish.

Fire up th' bunny barby... Ah'm comin' f' dinnah.

Posted by treacle | August 11, 2008 2:51 PM

What tears up the topsoil isn't hooves, it's plows. Most of the Plains already lost all their topsoil when they turned the grass upside down, as the Indians used to say. Properly grazed cattle actually helps the grass to grow, because they nip the stems at just the right point to stimulate new growth -- and they fertilize it too. That's the magic of the buffalo-prairie grass ecosystem -- they feed each other.

Posted by Fnarf | August 11, 2008 2:52 PM

eating beef is the absolute worst thing you can do for the environment. it's also the least progressive thing you can do. if people stopped eating beef, global warming would be SOLVED. as well as a host of other public health and environmental disasters.

Posted by jrrrl | August 11, 2008 3:45 PM

I remember when going green meant not eating meat.

Isn't that even more environmentally sound, after all?

Posted by K | August 11, 2008 3:50 PM

I think it's funny that vegetarians/vegans still think *not* eating meat equals saving the environment.

FYI; soy production is one of the main causes of Amazon deforestation. The huge demand for soy is causing more trees to be depleted than logging and as such the smoke from burning trees has caused Brazil to become on of the top 4 global greenhouse gas producers. So you may not be eating their flesh but you are aiding in destroying thier home.

Good article with horrible title:

It is important to note however, that soy is also mass produced in order to feed livestock. So meat eaters are still at fault... but just wanted to note that veggies are not innocent either.

I think it basically boils down more so to the fact that there are just too damn many of us.

Posted by Lisa | August 11, 2008 4:01 PM

@19: Maybe I should have been more specific. Charles and others here are advocating replacing beef with kangaroo for most people's meat. Unless everyone on Earth moves to Australia, or unless all the world's supply of kangaroo meat is raised there and shipped out, that means introducing kangaroos onto the other continents, thereby unleashing ecological changes whose consequences we cannot know.

Posted by Greg | August 11, 2008 4:10 PM

Sigh. I live in Australia and kangaroo meat is not available in my area. I can hunt them myself, if I buy a gun and a freezer chest and can make friends with a local farmer who will let me hunt on his land. Why can't Australia lead the way with popularising kangaroo meat?!?

Posted by Mrs. Jarvie | August 11, 2008 4:18 PM

Roos might work in Oz.

But here in the grasslands and scrublands of Murricuh, we use bison.

And in Antartica ... penguins and seals.


(ever eaten dried krill ... wow, and I though dried shrimp was bad)

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 11, 2008 4:25 PM

Personally, I could go with an all-buffalo diet - I actually prefer it to most non-USDA Prime cuts of beef anyway.

Posted by COMTE | August 11, 2008 4:50 PM

I think the sole commenter on your linked article #24 says it all, soy being produced for animal feed. I was all ready to feel more informed about something, then I end up with a 15 line long article no one wants to comment on. Boo.

Posted by Emmakat | August 11, 2008 5:04 PM

The kangaroo pie and kangaroo pizza at the Australian Heritage Hotel in The Rocks, Sydney, is pretty terrific. Beer's not too shabby, either. Not everything in The Rocks is completely touristed out.

Posted by Fnarf | August 11, 2008 5:05 PM

At 21 cattle and bison arent comparable. bison and native prairies evolved togther. But cattle in north america single out certain plants and eat it to the nub. causing more problems. bison eat the upper tender parts of native plants.

Posted by mickey in AR | August 11, 2008 7:14 PM

@24: All your un-precious cows ("yum," blah blah blah) eat way more soybeans than humanstock could dream of. Cows are so damn big, and there's too damn many of them. Leave the vegans out of it. This one's on the heads of the twice-daily beef eaters.

Posted by sssss | August 11, 2008 10:11 PM

Roo also makes a delicious Bologneise or Curry. It is a bit hard to get it right in a plainer stew. You generally need to add some ginger early to reduce the gamey taste. And cook only as directed or it gets really tough.

Kangaroo must be Hunted not Farmed. So there is no industrial cruelty.

Posted by mat | August 12, 2008 4:14 AM

@29 & 33

I mentioned that in my original comment. So um, thanks for re-iterating the obvious... I guess...

Posted by Lisa | August 12, 2008 11:53 AM

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