26 Aug '11, 6pm

Is it local? Is it wild? Ask yourself these questions before you dive into your next shrimp cocktail.

Is it local? Is it wild? Ask yourself these questions before you dive into your next shrimp cocktail.

Much like other farming practices, traditional aquaculture goes back thousands of years. Early shrimp farmers developed a balanced ecosystem where small numbers of shrimp coexisted in ecological harmony with other fish species. This type of early fish farming could yield about 200 kilograms of shrimp per acre in a good year. Today, high global demand for shrimp has led to the conversion of rice fields, salt beds and fishponds for industrial shrimp farms. According to a report by the U.S. environmental organization Food & Water Watch , today's corporate-run shrimp operations can produce more than 40,000 kilograms per acre. That's 200 times more shrimp per acre than the small traditional farms produced. As with many other industrial animal-farming operations, our ability to purchase this inexpensive food comes with hidden costs to our health and the environment.

Full article: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/docs-talk/2011/08/toxic-...

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