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.
- “If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Eat ‘Em,” Chicago Reader
- “Lionfish: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Eat ‘Em,” Miami Herald
- “The Tastiest Enemy: Eating Invasive Species,” Miller-McCune
- “A Diet for an Invaded Planet: Invasive Species,” New York Times
- “Top 10 Invasive Species You Can Eat,” Mother Nature Network
- “An Answer to Invasive Species: Eat Them,” CBS News
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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