Rethink Seafood

Photo by Sura Nualpradid

I ate some environmentally-friendly shrimp last night from a farm in Thailand that has changed its practices to be more sustainable. Normally, I don’t eat shrimp. Bottom trawling for wild shrimp destroys the seafloor and catches a lot of turtles, fish, and mammals as incidental catch. Shrimp farms are often constructed in mangrove forests and discharge wastewater into the healthy surrounding habitat. I like shrimp, but I don’t love the taste so much that I can’t give it up – I prefer wild salmon over shrimp any day. I’m not sure people think about beef, poultry, or seafood this way yet; but we need to. And a big congrats to those of you that do think about it this way already.

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