How (and Why) to Eat Invasive Species

Friday, September 27, 2013

Bun Lai, chef at Miya’s Sushi, in New Haven, Connecticut, talks about eating invasive species that are causing problems in ecosystems across the country, such as sea squirt, European green crabs, jellyfish, feral hogs, and Asian carp. He’ll talk about foraging for these invasive species and creating dishes in his restaurant. He wrote the article “How (and Why) to Eat Invasive Species” in the September issue of Scientific American.


Bun Lai

Comments [5]

Augie from Brooklyn

I'm catching up on my podcasts and missed this show while I was on vacation in Italy. I agree. Vanquish your enemies by eating them. I had this same thought while on vacation in Italy. I noticed snails everywhere. In the garden, stuck on the windows and doors.

As a child in Italy, I used to go through the countryside with my cousin, collecting snails that my mom would later cook and we would all eat. Far from being cute pets like Gary on Spongebob, these snails are pests. Forget pesticides! I realized that I could vanquish my enemy by eating it.

Unfortunately I came upon the idea too late and didn't have time for that delicious meal. There's always next year.

I also have snails in Brooklyn but it's not the same thing.

Oct. 18 2013 12:26 PM
Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from Bk

There is nothing we won't murder and eat. Humans are not a very good species.

Oct. 02 2013 04:51 PM
Eden NYC from Oslo, Norway

This guy is the worst public speaker I've heard on the radio! The subject is interesting, it's too bad his tone ruined the interview.

Sep. 27 2013 07:40 PM

Pigeons, rats, ...

Some humans are very invasive...

Sep. 27 2013 01:14 PM
Henry from Manhattan

“Use what’s available where you live.”

I wish more New Yorkers would get on board with this.

People line up for Shake Shack burgers in Madison Park, but there are plenty of squirrels and pigeons around during the day and rats at night that are nuisances, and people could be noshing on them instead of imported beef.

Let’s not even go into the waste at local pet shelters; there’s plenty of meat that locavores allow to go to waste there.

Sep. 27 2013 01:08 PM

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