Silver carp, more commonly known as asian carp, are an invasive fish with a voracious appetite. These fish can consume 20 percent of their body weight every day - an impressive feat when you consider that they can grow up to 100 pounds! And did you know - global consumption of silver carp is larger than all species of salmon combined!
Why GoWild Loves Silver Carp
These tasty fish are barely eaten in the United States, but they’re actually the world’s largest aquaculture fish! With a flavor and texture like pollack or cod, these protein rich fish are incredible versatile and easily absorb spices and marinades. Plus, they don’t have that undesirable fishy flavor or the pollutant problems of many fish.
In a world of declining wild fish stocks, destructive fish farm operations, and increasingly polluted fish, silver carp are the best option for a delicious, environmentally responsible fish that is safe to eat!
Shortly after arriving in the U.S. in the 1970’s, they established reproducing populations in the Mississippi River. Since then, silver carp have used the Mississippi River and it tributaries to spread into 17 states throughout the middle section of the US. The combination of their insatiable appetite, aggressive nature, and adaptability has enabled silver carp to thrive in the wild, and they are now wreaking havoc on countless ecosystems and industries.
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Dubbed “the vine that ate the South,” Kudzu is a climbing, coiling, and trailing perennial vine native to Asia that can grow up to a foot a day. Kudzu is estimated to cover 7.4 million acres of land in the southeastern United States - that’s more than twice the acreage of all organic cropland in the US!
Why GoWild Loves Kudzu
Though it is considered a nuisance in the US, kudzu is a nutrient-dense plant that is widely eaten where it is native. Kudzu leaves are high in protein, iron, and antioxidants. And early evidence shows that consuming kudzu leaves may lower blood sugar, improve insulin resistance in diabetics, and reduce inflammation. Plus kudzu roots have a long history in East Asia of being used for heart disorders including chest pain, heart attack, and heart failure.
Most importantly, Kudzu is DELICIOUS! Its herbal, aromatic flavors make fantastic teas, chips, and an assortment of other products!
The kudzu problem is still getting worse. Kudzu is spreading at the rate of 125,000 acres annually, easily outpacing the use of herbicide spraying and mowing. Because of its fast growth, drought- and stress-tolerance, and ability to quickly acquire scarce soil nutrients, kudzu out-competes native species and reduces biodiversity. In total, this destructive invasive costs the US an estimated $100–500 million per year in lost forest productivity and repair to damaged infrastructure.