“Consumers should be outraged that most of the shrimp served in the United States is produced in polluted, artificial ponds along the coasts of Thailand, Vietnam, Ecuador and other tropical countries,” said Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter. “Popcorn shrimp at an all-you-can-eat buffet may seem like a bargain, but industrially produced shrimp comes with costs to our heath, our environment and our communities.”
So, what’s the big deal? Well… the average American eats almost 4 pounds of shrimp per year. That’s more than tuna. And considering that 80% of the shrimp consumed in the U.S. is imported, consumers should be aware that these imported critters are full of chemicals and bacterias that have been associated with neurological damage, allergies and other adverse health conditions.
Additionally, the “shrimp ponds” that raise the bulk of imported shrimp are causing huge environmental and economic problems for Thailand and other countries that farm shrimp in this way. Click here to read more about these ponds and the destruction they cause.
There is an easy solution to this problem:
Purchase U.S. wild-caught shrimp.
If that’s not an option, look for U.S. shrimp that have been farmed in an environmentally responsible closed-system shrimp operation.