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Native Vs. Invasive Species: Solutions to Invasive Species

Solutions to Invasive Species

Did you know that invasive species are now considered to be the second biggest cause of extinction?
Invasive species are organisms that cause harm both to the ecology and economy of the region they
take over. They are non native to the environment and are generally introduced through ballast water of
ships, as well as by people when they carry wooden objects, ornamental plants or even pets. They can
destroy natural habitats and native species. They cost countries and continents billions of dollars in
wasted economy. They sometimes harm the health of humans. For more information, check out Native vs. Invasive Species: Part 1. Fortunately, many solutions to invasive species have been put forth to
control their economic and ecology cost to our planet.


Every Bite Matters

One of the best ideas developed so far has been to eat some of them; thus creating a win-win situation,
both for humankind and for the ecology. Yes, some diets may have to be modified, recipes may have to
be altered or developed afresh and palates may have to change. This is possible considering how our
diets have changed through millennia. People are more willing than ever to try new foods and by widely
promoting these invasive species as foods, which is providing solutions to invasive species. This can be a positive ecological impact, one bite at a time.
There are many invasive species worldwide. Finding the closest one and eating local invasive species can
also decrease your carbon footprint. Of course we expect you to enjoy your food while doing your bit
for our planet.

Some of the common invasive species are as follows:

1. The Asian Carp

It has multiplied in such large numbers that it has overtaken native fish populations in the United States of America.

2. The Feral Pig

It has taken over large parts of Europe.

3. The European Green Crab

It has flourished in the Atlantic Ocean.

4. The Asian Shore Crab

This crab has reached the United States and the Atlantic Ocean

5. Wild Boars

Alberta and Saskatchewan are now the home of wild boars. It can be used to make various recipes.

7. Striped Bass

California is now home to Striped Bass, which lends itself as an ingredient to many dishes.

8. The Blue Cat Fish

They are aggressively impacting the native population in Chesapeake Bay. They can be used in various

9. Green Crab

They are flourishing in Massachusetts, Maine, Japan, Australia, South Africa, South America and make
a good curry or even chowder.

10. Bullfrog

Bullfrogs are now found in North Central and South America, China, Japan and Western Europe.
These frogs legs are a delicacy according to some.

11. Nutria

It is a mammal that has now overrun Europe, Asia and Africa. Its meat can be used in various recipes
and it makes a good gumbo.

Land / Vegetarian

There are many invasive plants that may or may not be used as a food source. It is imperative to do some research on them before incorporating them as a part of your daily diet. Listed below are some approved invasive species that can easily be incorporated throughout your meals.

1. Prickly pear It is a seasonal invader and can be used to make jams and jellies

2. Lamb’s Quarters

It now grows profusely in Alaska and Hawaii and is a type of greens.

3. Wild Fennel

It has an excellent flavour and is a personal favourite. It now grows all over California, North and
South America, South Africa and The British Isles.

4. Garlic Mustard

It can be incorporated in various dishes. It grows profusely in Alaska and Canada.

5. Wakame

It is excellent to use in salads. It has now taken over parts Of California, New Zealand, Australia, Europe and Argentina.

Bon Appétit!







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