The truth about Thai shrimp….
Domestic consumption isn’t what’s driving this business: “The largest export markets for
Thai shrimp are the United States and Japan and the demand is
increasing yearly.” (source: http://www.american.edu/TED/thaishmp.htm). And not only that, but this industry is destroying Thailand’s countryside as well…
True, there is a huge demand from other countries. But the seafood at the particular factory and market we visited stays in Thailand, most of it in the Bangkok area. Other factories in the area cater to the export business, but the migrant workers we interviewed worked solely for the Thai markets.
Plus, the workers and NGO officials we interviewed told us it was the Thai bosses — not American or Japanese bosses — who denied their workers regular bathroom breaks, overtime pay or health-care coverage for the diseases they acquired on the job.
If you want to see the environmental destruction in plain view, fly over the coastline and look down upon rectangle after rectangle of shrimp farms, most of which had been mangroves in the past. This, of course, is happening across Asia and the consequences are catastrophic when floods or tsunamis hit.
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