Q. I've heard that jellyfish are plentiful and that we should eat them. I want to avoid mercury and eat sustainable seafood, but I have to admit that this sounds gross and I worry they are poisonous. I was a fan of How to Eat Fried Worms when I was a kid, but this seems like too much. Are there any other uses for jellyfish other than food? (Can't we make use of them some other way, like making them into biodegradable grocery bags?)
A. Did you know that How to Eat Fried Worms is an oft-banned book? As it turns out, some parents ask libraries to remove it because they think it encourages inappropriate behavior. Personally, I think that feeding children certain dubious kinds of fish -- harvested fish -- lice-infested farmed salmon come to mind -- is way more inappropriate, and much grosser, than letting them eat worms on a bet.