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India and Australia Solve Food and Planet Woes With Dinner

Fire up the barbie, two countries are putting some creative meat alternatives on the menu: one to combat hunger, one to save the planet.

Given meat's effect on the climate, Australia is looking at how they can help and still have a chop every once in a while. Livestock grazing accounts for 11 percent of the country's emissions. The plan to remove seven million cattle and 36 million sheep by 2020 will lower greenhouse gases by three percent a year. What is on the menu instead? Replacing cows and sheep with kangaroo will give Aussies the same amount of meat for a much smaller eco-footprint.

Though kangaroo-kabobs seems odd, India's plan to combat hunger could be less palatable. To see what it is,


And Indian officials have solved the plan of national hunger by letting them eat rats. Sound cheesy? The plan would stop the rodents from eating the grain stock, 50 percent of which is eaten by them. The plan is wide sweeping — everyone from fancy on down would chow on the squeakers. Of course, there's the idea of it to get around. The plan's architect says, "The only issue is how people react to rat meat, but I think it will not be a problem. Some socially deprived people in Bihar have always consumed rat meat. If they can eat rats, why can't the rest of the people?"

Why not indeed? Would you eat rat or kangaroo?


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