There’s slavery in our food supply chain. It’s horrifying, really, how much food we consume at the expense of enslaved human beings around the world. The Guardian has an excellent article about one example of a food that comes via forced slave labor. The food? Prawns, or shrimp as they’re called in the U.S.
Seriously disappointed to learn this. I love shrimp.
Slaves forced to work for no pay for years at a time under threat of extreme violence are being used in Asia in the production of seafood sold by major US, British and other European retailers, the Guardian can reveal.
A six-month investigation has established that large numbers of men bought and sold like animals and held against their will on fishing boats off Thailand are integral to the production of prawns (commonly called shrimp in the US) sold in leading supermarkets around the world, including the top four global retailers: Walmart, Carrefour, Costco and Tesco.
Read the rest at The Guardian.
I’ll see what I can learn about alternatives to slave shrimp so you don’t have to stop eating this delicious sea food. Stay tuned…
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