With New Year’s resolutions on our minds, consider something out of the ordinary: not a diet to lose weight, but a diet to help the planet. Become an invasivore. Let me explain.
A recent article in The New York Times describes the invasivore diet this way:
There’s a new shift in the politics of food, not quite a movement yet, more of an eco-culinary frisson. But it may have staying power; the signs and portents are there. Vegans, freegans, locavores — meet the invasivores.
Think of invasivores as targeted ominvores, focused on eating species that invade specific niches in our environment, often causing damage in their wake. Consider two well known examples: the lionfish and spring weeds such as field mustard or turnip mustard (Brassica rapa). The lionfish population has exploded in Florida, such as in the Florida keys, competing for resources needed by indigenous species. We know how invasive spring weeds can be.
So consider trying a new meal this year: how about some lionfish with a side of field mustard? It may be healthy not only for you but for the planet.