Did you know you can change the world with shrimp, MAPster?
That’s right. Those little shrimp have a big impact on you, on the planet, and on the people who are abused by this rapacious industry.
A 1 pound bag of frozen shrimp has a land use carbon footprint equivalent to as much as 1 ton of CO2, more than twice that of raising cattle.
Shrimp farming is still the #1 cause of mangrove deforestation, but the devastation reaches around the world.
Respected activist and friend in Bhubaneswar, India, Banka Bahery Das, once asked me to tell North American and European consumers that the shrimp they eat is tainted with the blood, sweat and tears of the poor people whom the industry has displaced or enslaved. That was over 20 years ago, and his words still ring true today:
“Pervasive human trafficking has helped turn Thailand into one of the world’s biggest shrimp providers. Despite repeated promises by businesses and government to clean up the country’s $7 billion seafood export industry, an Associated Press investigation has found shrimp peeled by modern-day slaves is reaching the U.S., Europe and Asia.” – AP
But things are changing. People around the world are starting to learn that imported shrimp is just bad news. At the Mangrove Action Project, we started by asking people just like you “Where does your shrimp come from?”
We didn’t stop there. We work with chefs and restaurant owners, journalists, lawyers, and professors to spread the word about the negative impacts of imported shrimp, and to pledge support for local shrimp. And we promote those shrimp farms and boats here in the US that are doing their best to provide truly healthy and delicious shrimp to their local communities.
With your help, we can continue to push back against the corruption and help communities reclaim and restore lands lost to shrimp farms that ruined their livelihoods.
We can turn the tide on imported shrimp, but we can’t do it alone.
You can change the world with your choice of local shrimp, MAPster. Give the gift of a sustainable future with a donation of $35 today*.
Thank you for being a mangrove hero!
For the mangroves and the mangrove communities,