18 Apr '12, 6pm

While Walmart boasts ‘sustainability,’ shrimp factory workers protest via @grist

While Walmart boasts ‘sustainability,’ shrimp factory workers protest via @grist

A freezer full of America's favorite seafood at America's biggest food retailer (Walmart). (Photo by Linda Tsai.) Shrimp has been hovering near the bottom of the list of things I will eat for a while. Unless you make a point to get it wild, chances are very good it has been raised in a crowded pond and treated with loads of antibiotics. Factor in its mammoth carbon footprint , and the fact that many of the developing world’s mangroves have been displaced in recent years to make room for shrimp farms , and my appetite for these crustaceans all but disappears. Now we can add labor abuse to shrimp’s laundry list of problems. A group of Thai shrimp workers have been protesting dismal conditions for weeks. The factory, Phatthana Seafood, is one of several brands under a corporate umbrella called PTN Group , and is distributed by Rubicon , a major supplier to Walmart here in the...

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