Sustainable Diets: Invasivores Take the Stage

Sustainable Diets: Invasivores Take the Stage

Amber Byfield
Jan 14, 2011

Locavore, we understand; we even follow the philosophy. An insect diet, we could get behind in certain circumstances. But now there's a whole new word on the menu: invasivores. Have you heard of it?

Call it the latest green diet, or the latest "vore" word craze; however you refer to it, one thing's for sure. The premise is that we should eat outside of the box to help save the planet.

The gist? Eat invasive species to help reduce their impact on the environment. It may have all started with lionfish in Florida, but there are also other highly populated species like rabbit, and even invasive plants like kudze.

We've stuck with one food label for a while in our household—vegetarian—because it's fairly easy to describe and follow. We try to eat locally, and organically too, but do we need so many labels? What do you think? Will you be adding "invasivore" to your list of environmental-induced dietary restrictions?

For more, read the New York Times article about eating invasive species here, and more commentary over at the Mother Nature Network (including a list of 10 invasive species you can eat).

Related posts:
Would You Do a Locavore Challenge?
Really Sustainable Food: Bugs on the Menu?
Survey: Could Rabbits Be the Next Backyard Chicken?

Image: Flickr member verygreen, licensed under Creative Commons.

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