Invasive Species are one of the biggest threats to our planet
that very few people are talking about. If you were to ask a random person on the street what they know about invasive species, the chances are that they wouldn’t even know how to define an invasive species or why they should even care about them. So why should you care about the impact that invasive species are causing? Two words. Climate Change.
Wait, Climate Change? That’s right Climate Change. Whenever invasive species are present in an environment they can irreparably alter the ecosystem in which they have been introduced. When this occurs it can lead to habitat destruction which in turn can lead to climate change. Take Asian Carp for example. They are an invasive species here in the United States that were imported from China in the 1970’s to help control algae levels in commercial fish farms in Mississippi. Not too long after, flooding allowed Asian Carp access to the Mississippi River, and they have been spreading unchecked since then. They can now be found as far north as Minnesota, as far west as Colorado, and as far east as Pennsylvania. With no natural predators, and voracious appetites (they can consumer up to 40% of their body weight daily, and grow over 100 pounds) they have been consuming all available food in any environment that they occupy.
Now how can Asian Carp cause climate change? I’m glad you asked. It’s all very simple. The massive populations of Asian Carp (up to 80% of the biomass of many lakes & rivers that they occupy) expel huge amounts of Carbon Dioxide into the water. When excess carbon dioxide is absorbed by water it leads to the formation of Carbonic Acid. An increase in carbonic acid will change the pH levels of any body of water to make them more acidic. With increased acidity in the water it makes it much for difficult for any species to survive, and when evaporation occurs for this highly acidified water it can lead to Acid Rain which in turn can destroy land-based plant life. With a lack of plants (grasses & trees mostly) the wind will start to cause erosion of the earth, and the next thing you know, once fertile land is now turned into a desert. Just imagine the central United States as one giant desert, and the impact that would have on the world. Basically all of the cash crops that America produces would be wiped out, and would lead to starvation on a global scale.
This is an example of how ONE invasive species can cause irreparable damage to our environment. There are currently HUNDREDS of invasive species causing damage all over our planet. Without our intervention, the balance of our ecosystems could be shattered and destroy humanity’s ability to survive on this planet. The fate of not only our species, but of all species on this planet hangs in the balance. We have to act, and act now to stop these threats.
What can you do to help when the problem is truly global in scale? One of the easiest things to do is to purchase our goBARE dog treats since we feature Asian Carp as the main protein source for our treats. We are attempting to create demand for these fish to develop a long-term solution to decrease their populations in the wild to give our ecosystems a chance to regain some semblance of balance. This our mission, and we hope that you all will join our cause. However there are many battles that we need to fight in order to win this war. The question is are you going to fight? True change can only happen when we all band together, and stand up for those without a voice.