About Can't Beat 'Em, Eat 'Em

Our Mission

It is the mission of Can't Beat 'Em, Eat 'Em to :

  • Educate the public about invasive species and the damage they do to native species, to fragile ecosystems, to habitat biodiversity, and to the economy in non-native environments.
  • Provide a viable solution to help manage invasive species so they can co-exist with native species with minimal impact on the ecosystem. 
  • To provide resources for the public to help them identify which invasive species are edible and can therefore provide a viable source of food for humans.
  • To provide quality recipes and general cooking knowledge to help the public learn how to eat edible invasive species.


Can't Beat 'Em, Eat 'Em asks you to consider the following facts.

  • In the United States, 1 in 5 children suffer from hunger.
  • There are over 600,000 people in the United States who are homeless and do not have access to proper nutrition.
  • There are many individuals and families who do not have the means to provide complete and proper nutrition for themselves due to poverty.
  • There are many edible invasive species out there. With proper education, we, as humans, can work together to use those species to provide a viable food source that nourishes not only for ourselves and our families but also those in the greatest need.

Our Method

Can't Beat 'Em, Eat 'Em pursues our mission and our quest to provide nourishment throuigh edibe invasive species in the following ways.

  • Educate the public about invasive species through this website and various other forms of media.
  • Provide education to help the public know which invasive species are edible and which are not edible.
  • Provide interesting, great-tasting invasive species recipes to make it easy for the public to cook and serve them at home.
  • To make Can't Beat 'Em, Eat 'Em a movement across the United States and the world that leads humans to working together to make a difference and preserve wildlife habitats for many future generations.

Chef Philippe Parola

"I foresee harvesting edible invasive species for a food source as a way to manage their populations while ensuring the sustainability of native species for future generations to enjoy.  This is my passion - I do not want to see our natural resources die."
~ Chef Philippe Parola ~

Chef Philippe with
President Gerald Ford

Cordon Bleu Chef Philippe  Parola grew up in France in the 1960s when  hunting, trapping, and fishing was the best way to put food on the table. As a young Chef, he moved to the United States in the early 1980s paving his way to become internationally recognized with his innovative cooking techniques. 

He was the first Chef, in the 1970s, to promote alligator  in North American restaurants and has since put his primary focus on various invasive species including the Nutria in south Louisiana USA and the highly invasive Asian carp throughout the United States.


Chef Philippe with
President George W. Bush





Can't Beat 'Em, Eat 'Em!

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Our incredible planet is filled with countless species of flora and fauna, each who live in their perfectly designed ecosystems. These native species are being threatened by non-native invaders who slowly push them out of their habitats. Something must be done to stop them and preserve our wildlife habitats for future generations.  Chef Philippe Parola has the solution:


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