Let Them Eat Shrimp: The Tragic Disappearance of the by Kennedy Warne

By Kennedy Warne

What’s the relationship among a platter of jumbo shrimp at your neighborhood eating place and murdered fishermen in Honduras, impoverished girls in Ecuador, and disastrous hurricanes alongside America’s Gulf coast? Mangroves. many of us have by no means heard of those salt-water forests, yet if you happen to depend upon their riches, mangroves are imperative. they're typical hurricane boundaries, domestic to innumerable unique creatures—from crabeating vipers to man-eating tigers—and supply foodstuff and livelihoods to hundreds of thousands of coastal dwellers. Now they're being destroyed to make method for shrimp farming and different coastal improvement. in case you stand within the manner of those industries, the results will be deadly. 
  In Let Them devour Shrimp, Kennedy Warne takes readers into the muddy conflict area that's the mangrove woodland. A tangle of snaking roots and twisted trunks, mangroves are frequently brushed aside as foul wastelands. actually, they're supermarkets of the ocean, offering shellfish, crabs, honey, trees, and charcoal to coastal groups from Florida to South the United States to New Zealand. Generations have outfitted their lives round mangroves and think about those swamps sacred. To shrimp farmers and land builders, mangroves easily signify a great funding. The tidal land on which they stand frequently has no identify, so with a nod and wink from a compliant respectable, it may be became from a public source to a personal ownership. The forests are bulldozed, their conventional clients dispossessed. 
  the real expense of shrimp farming and different coastal improvement has long gone mostly unheralded within the U.S. media. an established journalist, Warne now captures the insatiability of those industries and the magic of the mangroves. His vibrant account will make each reader pause prior to ordering the shrimp.

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In an interview after her friend’s death, Sister Mary Alice said, “Dorothy was with the excluded migrant farmers in their constant, futile search for a piece of land to call their own. ” In the northeast it is subsistence fishers who are excluded—shut out of traditional harvesting grounds, protesting as the forests fall to the shrimp juggernaut. Occasionally, there is a setback for the juggernaut. In 2005 an old whaling port called Caravelas, on the eastern seaboard a thousand miles south of Curral Velho, said no to the establishment of what would have been Brazil’s largest shrimp farm.

Inflowing Himalayan sediment could never keep ahead of that kind of loss, but could extend the life of the Sundarbans and, in so doing, maintain Bangladesh’s coastal barricade—its “green bastion,” as it has been called. Standing between the Bay of Bengal—a notorious breeding ground for cyclones—and the delta lands, where 40 million people live, the Sundarbans acts as a shield, soaking up the impact of surging seas. In 2007, the forest took the brunt of Cyclone Sidr, a category-five storm that made landfall on the eastern part of the Sundarbans at the end of the monsoon.

Who could blame them? The name of this place is Porto do Céu, the gates of paradise. Two residents lead the way along a dirt track to show me their new neighbor, a shrimp farm. We climb to the top of an embankment and look across a patchwork of ponds to distant mangrove forests. An electrified fence stretches the length of the village and beyond. Skull-and-crossbones signs on the barbed wire issue a blunt warning: keep out. On the village side, goats mill about in grassless yards, cut off from grazing areas over the fence just as their owners K.

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