If you can't beat 'em, eat 'em
You have to admire the approach and aim, if not the ultimate ineffectiveness of author J.M Franke's cookbook. Franke's wonderful tome, titled "The Invasive Species Cookbook - Conservation through Gastronomy," means to give us a way to aid in combating the rising tide of non-native plants, animals and aquatic critters flooding our state and country.
"If you can't beat 'em, eat 'em," Franke advises. There's a lot to eat. Thousands of non-native species are having great negative impacts on native wildlife, land, water and other natural resources in Texas and much of the rest of the nation. Feral hogs.Pythons. Kudzu. Bighead carp. Channeled apple snails. The list is huge....and tasty, Franke says.
(He's right, at least in part; feral hogs, of which Texas has about 2 million, are incredible on the table. Nutria can be toothsome. But I'm not so sure about apple snails and kudzu and these cat-size giant Gambian pouched rats swarming in the Florida Keys.http://www.bradfordstreetpress.com/