I went to Costco today to get some shrimp to stir fry for John's Valentine dinner. A friend recently mentioned that Costco had some huge fresh shrimp. Expensive per pound, but not so much when there is just the two of us.
Costco did have huge shrimp. It was from Indonesia. Then they had extra large shrimp from Vietnam. I couldn't buy it. What did it cost the universe to get this shrimp here? What was the carbon footprint of this shrimp? Was it worth it to me to purchase it? No, it was not. I have no idea how to estimate the carbon footprint, so I tried to Google it. I didn't find out, but here is a small bit of info that I came across: To farm shrimp in Vietnam and other Asian countries, mangroves are destroyed to make way for the brackish ponds needed for the shrimp. Mangroves protect the coastal areas, provide barriers to storms, habitat for wildlife and all those other environmentally important functions. In Vietnam 90% of the mangroves have been destroyed. In their place, the shrimp ponds are making the farmers rich due to the huge demand for shrimp from Japan and the US. Our demand has gone up almost 25% in just a few years partially due to the Gulf oil spill. Unfortunately, the ponds last much less than a decade before the chemicals used in the farming process poison the shrimp and make the ponds useless for any living thing. So the farmers move on to another location. The governments in this area of Asia encourage the shrimp production and in fact the World Bank finances it. Short term, very short term, the farmers, are making money but at what cost to their environment? Do I want to support this? No. There used to be a saying " If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem".
I really am not a fanatic, but just concerned about all the things I might be doing unknowingly to hurt the lives of my grandchildren. Most times I feel helpless to do anything that will really make a change, but there are so many little things that can make a difference if we all try. Isn't this what love is all about, protecting those we care about? Hug those you love.
By the way, John took me out to dinner.
More new stuff on Etsy today.