Kangaroo meat in demand as foot-and-mouth crisis continues

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Kangaroo meat in demand as foot-and-mouth crisis continues

Sceptical Europeans are turning to kangaroo meat as foot-and-mouth disease continues to spread.

The demand for it is especially high in eastern Europe, where it's seen as a cheap and safe alternative to beef.


But Australian trade representatives in Europe say some people are surprised Aussies allow their national symbol to be turned into a meal.

Don Cairns, a trade official, said: "They have seen it on the Australian coat of arms, so they are a little surprised. We have to tell them we have a lot of kangaroo to go around."

Australian Prime Minister John Howard said Australia will try to sell more beef to Europe but has warned native farmers that demand for the meat is falling because of safety fears.

-- Martin Thompson (mthom1927@aol.com), March 10, 2001


As a vegetarian for 33 years, this mad
scramble for meat seems a bit bizarre
to me ::::-

-- spider (spider0@usa.net), March 10, 2001.

If the current crises bring the meat industry to its knees, we'll all be better off. Seventy percent of the world's fish catch and the majority of grain production is fed to livestock. The meat industry is way too costly from all aspects... even more so because it is unnecessary. I've eaten no meat for 20 years and my health is at least as good, most often better, than my meat eating friends and relatives.

-- Vicki (smithfox@mind.net), March 10, 2001.

Vicki and spider, my gift to you:

http://www.cityfarmer.org/ :)

Has the most awesome set of useful links I've ever seen.

-- Rachel Gibson (rgibson@hotmail.com), March 10, 2001.

oops link

-- Rachel Gibson (rgibson@hotmail.com), March 10, 2001.

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