Thinly sliced: Meet the 20-pound invasive rodent threatening California’s agriculture industry

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Can-don’t. Well, here’s one way to deflect attention from a years-long canned tuna price-fixing conspiracy to which your company has pled guilty: blame millennials. There’s so much to send up in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal piece on the 42 percent decline in canned tuna consumption, we don’t even know where to start! How ‘bout here: StarKist exec Andy Mecs blames canned tuna’s demise, in part, on millennials, who he says are so convenience-obsessed, many don’t even own can openers. (Cans! Who’s got time for those?!) For those of you who find reading as time consuming as you do opening cans, Business Insider bullet points the hot takes from WSJ’s reporting so you don’t even have to.

Don’t play with your food. Or do? Either way, toying with comestibles in service of composition is all the rage, according to T, the New York Times’s style magazine. Using food to make art—or as your art—isn’t unheard of. In the late 1960s, Dieter Roth printed his poetry journals on bags filled with sauerkraut. But this piece pits the rise of food’s use in sculpture, photography, and performance art against our prevailing cultural appetite for the glossy food porn we find on social media. (Hot take: they’re not the same thing!) What does this newer, more subversive application of food in visual materials say about our collective understanding of sustainability, access, and utility? You tell us.

Sweet tooth. A 20-pound invasive rodent is threatening California’s agriculture industry, FERN reports. The nutria, a beaver-like animal that can birth 200 babies a year and eat a quarter of its body weight every day, was thought to be eradicated in the United States. But last year they were spotted in Merced County. Luckily, the animals have a soft spot for sweet potatoes.

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