Eco Shrimp Garden's green system produces high quality shrimp, free of chemicals, antibiotics, hormones, and preservatives commonly associated with traditional shrimp farming.
Our system is a great way to make food production/consumption more sustainable and healthy.
Americans are shrimp lovers. Grilled, roasted, steamed or covered in fancy sauces, we eat them all. Shrimp is the most consumed seafood in the United States, with a volume of consumption bigger than tuna and salmon combined.
Demand for shrimp in the U.S. far exceeds the amount produced by the country, and over 94% of the shrimp Americans eat is imported, primarily from South America and Asia. In 2013, the US imported 508,052 metric tons of shrimp; 5,3 Billion dollars worth of shrimp, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture.
As a consequence, most shrimp sold in the US arrive to American markets and restaurants frozen and headless, coming from farms in countries with weaker health, environmental, and labor laws, and leaving a huge carbon footprint. Consumers and American Public Health officers start to question the integrity of this system.
Antibiotics. One of the main problems with the pond-based outdoor-production systems used abroad is the use of a wide variety of antibiotics used to kill and prevent bacteria for growing. The use of these antibiotics can affect consumers directly; they can cause the development of a strain of super-bacteria which is resistant to antibiotics, making it more difficult to combat bacteria which cause illnesses in humans and animals. This problem isn't a novelty; such strains have already developed (e.g. Methycillin-resistant Staphyloccocus Aureus), and are causing an uproar in the Medical world. As if this wasn't enough, many of these antibiotics are highly toxic to humans.
Chemicals. Chemical agents in water and soil treatments are used in outdoor ponds to control pathogens and to maximize short-term profits through intensive production. The use of chemical such as pesticides, detergents, and algaecides can be harmful to wildlife and human health, especially because they contaminate our food, air, and water, and can accumulate in our cells, causing long term damage.
Hormones. Hormones, frequently given to shrimps in conventional outdoor farms to alter reproductive cycles and speed up growth can disrupt human production of hormones (e.g. endocrine), creating a lithany of health problems, especially in children.
Ocean and Natural Resources A huge number of threats to wildlife and to the environment can come from open water aquaculture, from the destruction of mangrove forests to the nitrification of coastlines and the discharge of polluted water into fragile environments. Food production practices in Asia and Latin America have devastated entire coastal areas and devastated the economy of small and poor communities.