To save the planet, scientists have suggested that people eat pythons (3 photos)

Category: Animals, Food, PEGI 0+
19 March 2024

It's no secret that raising livestock for meat is expensive and quite harmful to the ecology of the planet.

Scientists at Macquarie University in Sydney conducted a study and found that eating pythons is very environmentally friendly. The results of the study were published in the journal Scientific Reports. Scientists have found that some types of pythons gain a lot of weight in just a year, while consuming a record low amount of food. Reticulated and dusky tiger pythons grow quickly, causing minimal damage to the planet's ecology. Because of this, they can be raised on farms for meat production.

“Our research supports the conclusion that it is biologically and economically feasible to breed pythons in captivity for commercial trade,” the authors noted.

Interestingly, the authors of the study conducted an experiment. They fed the pythons infrequently (once a week) processed animal waste. Despite the hunger strike, the pythons steadily gained weight. The ratio of food consumed to meat produced for python was 1.2, while for poultry it was 2.8, for pork it was 6.0 and for beef it was 10.0.

Is it tasty?

Pythons taste like chicken, scientists say. They cooked the pythons several times and tasted them.

At the risk of repeating a cliché, it tastes very similar to chicken. Run a knife along the snake's back and you get a fillet steak almost four meters long. Dense white meat, no bones. “I’ve cooked it on the grill, with curry, in the form of biltong, and, yes, it’s great,” the scientist said

Pythons can solve many food problems. For example, in Africa, where drought makes it very difficult to keep cows, pythons can be an excellent replacement. Snakes require 90% less energy than warm-blooded mammals and can be fed protein waste

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