Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

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| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Eating Invasive Species

  • Joseph A. TuminelloIII
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6167-4_449-2



While species have historically been introduced to new areas of the world in order to be used as food sources, many species are now being viewed as food sources subsequent to having been seen as invasive to an ecosystem. One management strategy is to encourage people to eat them. There are, however, also a number of economic, health, and legal concerns associated with eating invasive species.

Overview of Invasive Species Management

There are a number of conceptual issues regarding the criteria for determining invasiveness and nativity, as well as for ascribing terms such as “invasive,” “exotic,” “native,” and “nonnative” to members of particular species. Although agreement over definitions for these terms is not settled, invasive species are generally taken to be nonnative species that have detrimental effects on ecosystems and/or economies (Marks and Natural Resources...


Invasive Species African Swine Fever Nonnative Species Invasive Species Management Asian Carp 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy & Religion StudiesUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA