To Eat Invasive Species
- The restaurant of Bun Lai is called Miya's Sushi which set the important goal of having their cuisine return to the roots of sushi and simply use what they have available in where they live
- Often what they find now are invasive species—unwanted plants and animals that humans have introduced to ecosystems
- Invasive species such as the wild boar and Asian carp are destroying farms and fisheries, causing economic damage that has been estimated at $120 billion a year, their solution? Eat them
- By collecting invasive seafood, it can provide a great service for humans to feast on and at the same time can be very delicious too
- The stalked tunicate also known as the “Asian sea squirt” which has taken over what used to be blue mussel habitat from Maine to New Jersey
- The sea squirt, which is indigenous to the Philippines, is considered a fouling organism and a pest by the shellfish industry
- In South Korea, however, it is considered a delicacy and even an aphrodisiac
- When bitten, it burst with salty, viscous, warm liquid
- Bun Lai has foraged, fished and hunted lots of different plants and animals that were mostly invasive species which was served in his restaurant
- Some of the few invasive species were the European green crabs, European flat oyster, feral hogs, feral rabbits, Japanese knotweed, mute swan, and lionfish
In many parts of the world, dealing with invasive species are difficult to manage and as well as the damages made by them. Finding an effective solution to get rid of the invasive species was not common and so they eventually figured out by simply eating them. According to the case of the invasive species like wild boars and Asian carps, they were capable of hurting the economy. Generally speaking, lots of these invasive species have different abilities to do harm in different ways that can cause havoc to the ecosystem and its species. However, when humans play the part in consuming these pests, it can help support many ecosystems both immediate and in the long run. By wiping out the population of invasive species through this approach, it benefits not only the ecosystems but for humans to use as a food source at the same time.
Eating invasive species is a great way to reduce the negative impacts on the economy and ecosystems. This method is very beneficial because it provides a two-for-one style where it gives humans the food they can feed on which are scrumptious and helping out the ecosystems. Invasive species are deadly as it holds advantages that enable them to take over a certain area. When these invasive species are declining because of us consuming them, it would create a better future for the species living in the ecosystems that are stable and not sabotaged.