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Name of Article:
Appetite for Destruction 
Title of Book/Journal:
The Ecologist 
Type:
Article 
English Translation:
 
Publication Date:
March 2003     
Author(s):
Shanahan, Mike
 Editor(s):
 
Volume:
33 
Issue: 2
Pages: 42 - 45  
Corporate Author:
 
Publisher:
   
EPA Number:
 
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Keyword(s):
AGRICULTURE-FOOD PRODUCTION
DEVELOPING NATIONS
ECONOMICS-INTERNATIONAL
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE FOUNDATION (EJF)
EUROPE
JAPAN
NATURAL RESOURCES-FISH
NORTH AMERICA
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Annotation:
This article discusses the problems resulting from the shrimp farming industry. Consumers in wealthy nations around the globe have been enjoying bountiful stocks of low-priced shrimp in markets for many years. Statistics indicate that consumers in Europe, North America, and Japan consumed over 1 million tons of farmed shrimp during 2001, with a market value of over $7 billion. Researchers working for the Environmental Justice Foundation found that the environmental and social costs of widespread, and often unsustainable, shrimp farming activities in developing nations may far outweigh the economic costs to consumers. Shrimp trawling activities are considered extremely destructive to the marine environment, and are characterized by unusually high levels of by-catch. The author concludes that although shrimp farming seems like a benign alternative to trawling, it is more of an industrial process than an agricultural one.
 
 
       
 
 
 

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