Wild game meat sounds like exactly what it is: game meats like deer, kangaroo and rabbit which aren’t farmed the way traditional meats like beef and lamb are. Game meats represent what our ancestors centuries ago would hunt and eat, especially foods like kangaroo here in Australia. Game meat is contended as a suitable option for the modern shopper due to the unusual way it comes onto our shelves: no paddocks that farmers monitor, no growth hormones, no animal husbandry. It is the peak of clean eating, the story they sing in Lion King. Not only is it a healthier, and often cheaper, option, but it’s great for our environment.
Reduce harmful chemical introductions to the environment
Another benefit to eating game meat is the reduction of mass agriculture production. With less demand on the market for classic meat like beef and pork, there will be a reduction in methane production from livestock waste.
There is a risk, however, of methane production if the animal is not properly used. Discarding the carcass and leaving it to rot can have a negative impact on our environment. In our Bella and Boots blog this week we discussed the nose-to-tail method and how important it is to reduce meat waste, as food waste gone into landfill increases methane production and breeds diseases like E. Coli.
If we cull these game animals and don’t use the meat (the way our ancestors would have, in the beginning) we introduce unnecessary risk to our other wildlife.
Mindfulness is ethical practice
Just like grass-fed meat, eating meat that derives its food source from the Earth naturally has higher nutrients and vitamins. Not only is eating wild game meats better for our Earth and our native animals but also ourselves.
As with every kind of meat consumption, mindfulness is vital to an ethical lifestyle. Knowing where your food comes from, what impact it has on your environment, your body and the life and suffering (or non-suffering) of the animal you’re eating, is the peak of ethical consumption.
To see how game meat can fit into your favourite dinners, check out our latest recipe which harnesses the rich, natural flavour of Kangaroo to make an easy and nutritious dish everyone can enjoy!