Diet for a Changing Climate by Christy Mihaly & Sue Heavenrich

Diet for a Changing Climate by Christy Mihaly & Sue Heavenrich

Author:Christy Mihaly & Sue Heavenrich
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Nonfiction, Young Adult Nonfiction, Young Adults, Cooking, Food, Eating, Baking, grilling, Recipies, Science & Nature, Environment, Environmental Conservation & Protection, Conservation, Protection, Health & Daily Living, Health, Diet, Nutrition, Diet & Nutrition, Agriculture, Arachnid, Christy Mihaly, Citizen Science, Climate Change, Crustacean, Deforestation, Diet, Diet & Nutrition, Diet for a Changing Climate, Diet for a Changing Climate: Food for Thought, Disease, Environmental Protection Agency, Fish, Food, Food Chain, Food for Thought, Food Production, Foraging, Global Hunger, Habitat Loss, Indigenous Species, Insects, Insects, Invasive Species, Invasivorism, Locavore Movement, Mammal, Pests, Plants, Pollution, Poverty, Reptiles, Sue Heavenrich, Weeds, World Hunger
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Published: 2018-07-31T16:00:00+00:00

Although many snakes are edible, Burmese pythons are not safe to eat. They are prone to high levels of mercury contamination.

Nutritious Nutria

Nutria (Myocastor coypus) are beaver-like South American rodents with big orange teeth. The creatures, 2 to 3 feet (0.6 to 0.9 m) long, are semiaquatic, living partly on land and partly in the water. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, fur farmers imported nutria to many states, including California and Louisiana, to raise them for their luxurious fur. Nutria fur was very popular in the 1930s, but in later decades, it went out of fashion and fur prices declined. As fur farmers went out of business, they released their nutria. Many escaped into the swamps of Louisiana, particularly during hurricanes in the 1940s.

Also, in the 1940s, people intentionally introduced nutria to control weeds in coastal areas around the Gulf of Mexico. That proved to be a bad idea. Nutria destroy native plants, crops, and wetlands. Often called swamp rats, nutria outcompete the native muskrats. By the 1950s, the wild nutria population in Louisiana had swelled to an estimated twenty million animals.

Nutria have caused serious damage to the wetlands of Louisiana. They chew through the root systems of wetland plants. This destruction of vegetation leads to erosion of the low-lying swampy lands. The surface of the marsh sinks, and water floods in, converting valuable wetlands into open water. In addition, nutria burrows can cause severe erosion along riverbanks. Nutria even dig holes in the levees (riverbank walls) that protect cities from floodwaters. They are, in short, a menace.

While nutria range from Maryland all the way to the West Coast, the largest populations are along the Gulf Coast. In New Orleans, nutria can be spotted poking their heads out of drainage canals and gutters. Although they look like overgrown rats, nutria are clean animals, eating only vegetation. In fact, according to the State of Louisiana, they are a healthy food choice, containing more protein and less fat than other meats.


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