Invasive Species: They’re What’s For Dinner

The New York Times has a story about one of my favorite subjects: the suggestion that we combat invasive species by eating them. The story focuses, in particular, on the lionfish, an improbable looking creature that is taking over tropical reefs in Florida and the Caribbean. But it’s just one of many articles that have appeared about the so-called “invasivore” movement. I would guess that the actual size of the movement is incredibly small, but the topic seems to be a media darling. (Full disclosure: I, myself, have written about this topic. Click here to check out the slideshow I put together for Discover in 2009.)

Here’s just a small sampling of the coverage.

Not only are we all writing the same story over and over again, but many of us are using the exact same seemingly clever phrase: If you can’t beat ’em, eat ’em. In fact, I used it in my own story and am now duly embarrassed. In the future, I will strive to avoid such cliches like the plague.

Image: Wikimedia Commons/Christian Mehlführer

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One Response to Invasive Species: They’re What’s For Dinner

  1. Gaythia says:

    You can focus on lionfish, but my hopes on morally obligated invasive species eating go with prospects for the king crab:
    Not that I’d want to be the one to catch them.