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Abe Connally
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I find this topic very interesting.  Basically, it is focusing on eating invasive species in your area.  This is a natural evolution of the locavore movement.

I know most areas in the US have asian carp, feral hogs, invasive insects, and lots of invasive plants that are edible.

Here is a searchable DB for invasive species:
http://www.issg.org/database/welcome/

A blog about cooking invasives:
http://invasivore.org

This guy does a lot of invasives hunting and eating:
http://rule-303.blogspot.com/

Where does this fit into permaculture and/or society as a whole?  I see harvesting towards depletion as a possible tool to deal with problem species.
 
Tyler Ludens
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I love this idea! 

Seems like lots of problems could be solved this way.

 
Abe Connally
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yeah, basically turning a destructive habit into a useful tool.  I love the concept.

Where else could we use this sort of idea?  We have a lot of destructive habits...
 
Tyler Ludens
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If we could get people who are addicted  to plowing to make swales instead....or if they MUST use a plow - Keyline plowing....
 
Cris Bessette
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Where I live in Georgia, our biggest invasive is the famous kudzu.  Apparently young leaves, small roots,etc are edible but its not very common for people to do so.

In my town there is an artist who's main "medium" is kudzu- he makes baskets, weavings , wall hangings, furniture, and all kinds of stuff out of it.

Sometimes I think finding uses for invasives just comes down to people experimenting.
Maybe kudzu fiber would make good paper or rope?
 
duane hennon
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maybe you could train nutria to eat kudzu
another type of "food forest" for the hunter-gatherer
 
Kirk Hutchison
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invasive = opportunistic, rapidly reproducing, abundant = amazing food source
 
George Lee
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Paleo Gardener wrote:
invasive = opportunistic, rapidly reproducing, abundant = amazing food source
Haha nice thought & maybe so, but there are so many millions who love to reach through the window for that Double Quarter Pounder...
 
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