How the Shrimp Industry Is Destroying the Environment

Animal agriculture is an extremely inefficient and resource-intensive way to produce food for the growing human population. It pollutes our environment while consuming huge quantities of water, grain, petroleum, pesticides, and drugs.

A new article by Motherboard details the serious environmental impact of shrimp farming on coastal mangroves in the Philippines:

Coastal shrimp farmers grow the animals in large, constructed ponds, located on the water’s edge so that their water can be exchanged regularly. The water must be exchanged to discharge the animal waste that accumulates, as well as the hormones that are used to encourage rapid growth and antibiotics that are used to treat and prevent infections. Because the ponds are located on the coast, mangroves must be ripped out. Over time, antibiotics accumulate in the soil, a pattern that has been linked to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Large-scale farming inflicts not only severe environmental damage, but also unimaginable animal cruelty. Indeed, scientists worldwide have demonstrated that fish and other aquatic creatures feel pain and can suffer.

The best thing we can do to oppose the cruel and destructive fishing industry is to leave all aquatic animals off our plates.

Check out amazing vegan versions of fish and other seafood, such as Gardein’s fishless filet and crabless cakes, available nationwide. Click here for compassionate, sea-inspired recipes and here for information on adopting a kind and sustainable vegan diet.