The Weekly Invasivore Round-up compiles our favorite news and blogoshpere items from the week which we think are relevant to Eating Invasive Species. This week is tallow tree, turtles & frogs, more lionfish, Hawaii, crayfish and rock-snot. Invasivore.org even gets a shout-out.
Saturday, Feb 12
The Chinese tallow (Triadica sebifera) is noxious in much of the southern US, but the waxy seed oil can be extracted and used for cooking, soap, and biodiesel. The leaves may be toxic.
Monday, Feb 14
California has repealed recent restrictions on importing and selling live animals for human consumption, sometimes resulting in release. The repeal comes after accusations that the restrictions where racially motivated. That point is moot however, as the “american” culture imports invasive species left and right, with a very antiquated federal “Lacey Law”, and major trades in reptiles, plants and fish. At least when these turtles etc. do escape into the wild, we know we can eat them.
Tuesday, Feb 15
See our lionfish profile for more lionfish.
Wednesday, Feb 16
“…populations must be managed and controlled at a rate faster than they can reproduce.”
Thursday, Feb 17
Well, Oregon, this coming week is crayfish week, so listen up. It’s hard not to wonder if these new invasions aren’t a sign of declining science in public schools. Instead, it’s actually increasing hands-on science education that lead to this problem which has become an excellent, and potentially delicious, “teaching moment”.