In Michael Pollan's best-selling book, The Omnivore's Dilemma, he explains that the questions we need to be asking are: "What am I eating? And where in the world did it come from?"
In a nutshell, we need to support the U.S. shrimp industry for one main, far-reaching reason ~ south Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico shrimp are wild harvested resulting in a much healthier food supply all around.
However, American shrimp farmers have been unable to compete with the cheap influx of pond-raised shrimp from abroad.
The pond-raised shrimp industry, once heralded as a "phenomenal story in global food production" is now killing the essential mangrove forests around the world.
Kennedy Warne, founding editor of New Zealand Geographic, addresses at length the high social costs of eating shrimp ~ "paid a thousand times over by coastal communities whose mangrove-based livelihood have been pulled out from under them like a rug." Read his article: The Dirty Truth Behind America's Obsession With Shrimp
Know what your dollars support when you chose to purchase South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico caught shrimp.