Communities around the world are increasingly overrun by invasive critters. Gray squirrels, which are native to North America, are an ecological nuisance in England. And nutria — or swamp rats, colloquially — from South America are destroying wetlands in the Gulf Coast states.
Scientists have said that one way to deal with these creatures is to eat them up. The problem is, they don't seem very appetizing. While some of these critters might be perfectly edible, they can't really compete with hamburgers or cupcakes.
But what if swamp rat could be made to look just as mouthwatering and gourmet as a prime rib? That's what food stylist Michelle Gatton, photographer Christopher Testani and art director Mason Adams, all based in New York, set out to do in a photo series called Invasive Species: Envisioning the Future of American Food.