The New Sustainable Eating: 'Predatory Foodies'

| 12/11/2009 4:21:01 PM

Cute red crabThe latest in sustainable foodie-ism: hopping right into the food chain to help thin out an invasive—and mighty tasty—variety of crab. Reporting for the Air Canada magazine EnRoute, self-proclaimed “predatory foodie” Amy Rosen travels to Norway to catch (and eat) some of the country’s red king crabs, which aren’t indigenous to the area—it’s a long story that begins with Stalin and ends with millions of crabs infiltrating the Norwegian coastline—and which, some fear, might continue to migrate south and do further damage to the ecosystem’s balance.

“Whereas locavores simply nibble on fresh carrots and beets from area farms and backyard veggie plots,” Rosen writes, “predatory foodies put themselves between the invasive species and the less dominant ones, trying to redress the balance in the natural habitat.”

I’m a killer. A crab-catching, crustacean-jabbing, pot-boiling predator. But I come by it honestly. After all, my red king crab spree is all in the name of environmentalism. Really.

Nose-to-tail, slow food, the 100-mile diet, organic... changing what we eat can change the world, and I’m totally on board with that. But then there are those of us willing to take things a bit farther by heading off to northern Norway, slipping into an orange survival suit and inserting ourselves right into the food chain.

Yes, I’m here to help. And I’m going in deep. 

Source: EnRoute

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