Shrimp is the most popular seafood in Europe. Thailand is the biggest supplier; “the second main supplier is Indonesia, followed by Ecuador.” China and Vietnam are also high on the list. Shrimp farming is often done on a small scale and has been promoted as a way of lifting people out of poverty. However, along with improved living standards comes habitat destruction.
Responsible Shrimp Farming
Not all shrimp producers do harm to the environment, nor does their output run the risk of making consumers sick. A scheme was set up in 2001 called the Shrimp Seal of Quality (SSOQ), which was funded in part by a U.S. Aid program. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, SSOQ set standards to “cover several sustainability aspects including food safety, quality assurance, traceability, and environmental and social responsibility.”
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