Weekly Invasivore Round-up Feb. 20, 2011

The Weekly Invasivore Round-up compiles our favorite newsAndy in the field 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

Laura Christman: Mellow tallow has a sinister side

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

Eating Frogs and Turtles in California Just Got Easier

California has repealed recent restrictions on importing and selling live animals for human consumption, sometimes resulting in release.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

Local Chefs Do Their Part to Fight Lionfish Invasion

See our lionfish profile for more lionfish.

Wednesday, Feb 16

Hawaiian Biodiversity Loss Driven by Feral Ungulates

“…populations must be managed and controlled at a rate faster than they can reproduce.”

Thursday, Feb 17

Invasive Crayfish May Be Class Pets First

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”.

Friday, Feb 18

Invasive Species Threatens Missouri Streams

It’s “rock-snot” or “Didymo” (Didymosphenia geminate) .  But it’s edible, according to grist.

Saturday, Feb 19

Entomophagy, invasivors, and foragers … oh my!

Omnivore, locavore, invasivore: Lenten supper alternatives

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