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Old 06-22-2004, 10:50 AM   #1
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Farmed Shimp Bad For Your Health

FARMED SHRIMP
THE HEALTH HAZARDS OF EATING THIS AQUACULTURED SEAFOOD

Shrimp have long been revered as a delicious and healthy seafood. However now 88% of shrimp are imported and farmed the situation has changed for the worse.The majority of farmed shrimp are grown in confined ponds where shrimp swim and feed in water saturated with their own excrement . Not a healthy environment but non the less true. Industrial shrimp farming has the consequence that a vast amount of waste produced is retained inside the farming ponds. Feed eaten by shrimp and not metabolized in their body end up as waste matter on the bottom where shrimp tend to feed so not only are they eating pellets but their own excrement as well. As waste piles up, bacteria flourish and consume the available oxygen. This can suffocate the shrimp and reduce their growth. Intermediate waste products both of shrimp and microbes-- such as ammonia and nitrite, are toxic to shrimp. Shrimp weakened by this waste matter and lack of oxygen are much more susceptible to disease. To avoid the disease problem, ponds are treated with antibiotics,pesticides fungicides and growth hormones.Many chemicals used in this activity are prohibited in some countries due to their carcinogenic effects plus some of the antibiotics used in shrimp farming are the same ones used in humans which might decrease the effectiveness of antibiotics against human disease . If this is not horrifying enough some countries producing farmed shrimp have no regulations against the amount of chemicals used. It is almost mandatory that to guard against disease farmers need to use large amounts of antibiotics during production as well as toxic chemicals between harvests to try and sterilize the ponds.The result is that after a period of three years the pond land is rendered useless due to the contaminates. The farmed shrimp industry is totally profit driven at the expense of the environment and human health. Stores and restaurants continue to sell shrimp raised with antibiotics in ponds overloaded with toxic waste products. The author feels this is absolutely unconscionable. The health conscience consumer with a strong concern for what they put into their bodies and those of their children must be made aware of this problem. In addition Shrimp farming has a profound negative impact on the environment for shrimp farming has caused the destruction of mangrove forests and the loss of a unique species. Mangroves link the tropical forests with coral reefs,providing a critical transition between terrestrial and marine ecosystems.Mangrove trees are quickly disappearing more than 50% have been destroyed in the past 50 years alone and shrimp aquaculture is directly responsible. We must be cognizant of our moral and social responsibility to ensure that the natural ecosystems and environment are preserved for all mankind and not at the expense of profit driven shrimp farming.The only sensible and healthy solution to this problem is well managed and sustainable wild caught shrimp, shrimp that provides only healthy nutritious benefits as well as superior taste and at the same time preserves the environment.

 
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