My Science Blogs Colleage at Dean’s Corner suggests that in the New Year all of us should think about eating more invasive species. I’m delighted to see this idea being promulgated by both my colleagues and the New York Times, because it highlights one of the best ways of controlling species that get out of control – eat them. The reality is that with almost 7 billion people needing food, Japanese knotweed, garlic mustard and the rest of the pests don’t really stand a chance if we take these food sources seriously. There are a host of great recipes here worth considering.
Not only might you want to eat them, but you might want to use them for other purposes – livestock fodder (chicory and kudzu, among others), fiber (nettles and others), and medicinal purposes (I haven’t yet read Timothy Lee Scott’s _Invasive Plant Medicine_ but I’m looking forward to it)!
So if you still don’t have enough resolutions for the new year, work on making a use of those weedy species that accompany us humans! Perhaps one of these days we’ll have to write “save the Kudzu” articles because of overharvesting!