Monday, July 4, 2016

To Eat or Not to Eat Shrimp

I was reading my July 2016 issue of Vogue yesterday and came across the article "Should We Really Be Eating Shrimp?"

Here are some excerpts/quotes to help you decide what type of shrimp you'll be buying at your local grocery store:

  • 80-90% of shrimp in the U.S. is imported and come from Thailand, Ecuador, Indonesia, China, Mexico, Vietnam and Malaysia.
  • Almost all of the shrimp is farmed in "man-made ponds brimming with so many shrimp that they pollute nearby water sources, are infected with disease and parasites -- and are treated with a toxic fleet of antibiotics, disinfectants, pesticides, and herbicides."
  • "In April the FDA declared that one-third of shrimp imports from Malaysia contained substances such as chloramphenicol (a last-resort typhoid-fever and meningitis drug) and/or nitrofurans (an antibiotic the FDA considers carcinogenic)."
  • The FDA doesn't have nearly enough employees to screen more than a fraction of imports and inspects only about 2% of imported seafood.  
  • "It is, basicaly, a producers responsibility to ensure that U.S. standards are upheld.  We import shrimp on the honor system."

The article goes on to explain how shrimp are caught and how a company called CleanFish has developed a sustainable (and clean!) way to raise shrimp in an "Eco Shrimp Garden."

The article was a fascinating read (click on the link above to read it).  I thought I was educated, but this article made me realized that unless I know where my shrimp is from and where it was caught, I'm never ordering a shrimp dish in a restaurant again.

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