Is consumption really a viable method of invasive species elimination? Some research suggests that feasting on invasive species might cause more harm than good.
“Projects aiming at controlling invasives through human consumption should be carefully examined, as they may produce results opposite of those proposed,” says a study in the journal Conservation Letters.
Invasive species have been disrupting ecosystems since the 1500s; so far none have been eradicated because people have incorporated them into their diet.
Eating invasive species creates a market for them that needs to be sustained, although it depends on the invader. This is only made worse by the fact that some invaders, such as fennel, are farmed and sold in grocery stores across the U.S.
Scientific research aside, transporting and marketing most invasive species is illegal in the U.S. Consider that as you check out these 10 invasive species you might not know about.