- Jan 27, 2020
Remember when shrimp were considered a luxury to most? As a kid the sight of a shrimp cocktail meant something classy was a foot. Now, these cheap farmed shrimp from Thailand are as cheap as Velveeta, but I hardly want to eat them anymore. I guess a good part of it has to do with the fact that these cheap shrimp are basically a product of a political discussion I'd rather not breech but they also taste like not much and generally have a sinewy texture no matter how they are cooked. Most people probably don't even realize that the dethawed shrimp at the fish counter were previously frozen unless they actual read the small print next to 6.99 a lb on the placard. Sometimes, I buy a bag of those wild Argentine shrimp, which seem to have somewhat more taste but I think that I am generally just turned off to eating shrimp these days, well- except for rock shrimp when I find them but I wonder if they are even technically shrimp? If I lived on the gulf or wherever else people shrimp and I could buy them actually fresh, I imagine I'd still be into them but sadly that doesn't seem like a profession that will be around in this country for much longer.
“All Things Considered” story highlights the challenges that shrimpers in the Gulf of Mexico are facing in make a living. In addition to the struggles of domestic shrimpers, industrial-scale shrimp farming that produces low-cost imports harms coastal communities overseas, destroying mangrove...