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01/31/2011

New word alert: Invasivores! Definition: eating our mistakes  »

Ok, I guess invasivores can be a word. I saw it on planetgreen.discovery.com yesterday and thought we should add it to the list. Planet Green doesn’t really define it but it’s in the title of their post about people eating lionfish as a way to control the population of that wacky invasive species of fish. The idea of eating this fish FREAKS ME THE FRACK OUT. Like, more than eating regular fish. Seriously, VOM.

Can I just quote Meave in the link-o-rama on lionfish and how it came to be an affliction?:

Ooh, the new gourmet food is lionfish, because it’s a super-destructive invasive species, wreaking havoc all over the Gulf of Mexico, into the Caribbean, and moving down into South American waters, and “humans are the only predator that can wipe it out.” But how did the lionfish, a native of the western Pacific Ocean, get to the other side of the world? Oh, well, see, people in South Florida who kept them in fishtanks in the ’80s started dumping the fish in the ocean! The wrong ocean! Whoops! And the lionfish figured out how to thrive, and now it’s fucking shit up for coral reefs all over the place. SO LET’S EAT THEM UP TO RECTIFY OUR MISTAKES. Humanity at its best.

Honestly, I don’t know what to do about invasive species. Humans are kind of an invasive species, aren’t we? Here’s the definition from invasivespecies.org:

An “invasive species” is defined as a species that is
1) non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and
2) whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. (Executive Order 13112).

Invasive species can be plants, animals, and other organisms (e.g., microbes). Human actions are the primary means of invasive species introductions.

I subscribe to the African-origin of humans so we’re generally non-native and our introduction to every single part of the world has definitely caused environmental harm; survey says: invasive species! I propose that invasivores could be most effective if they ate people—am I right?! From now on, this can be the official definition!:

Invasivores:
  1. People that eat invasive species
  2. Cannibals

[Photo by Jens Petersen]

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