Shrimp is the most popular seafood in the United States. Americans are crazy for it! This versatile food has a mild and sweet taste appealing to many who may not be lovers of other varieties of seafood. Like other popular foods, Americans are starting to become more aware of the origins and growing practices used in raising shrimp. Ever wonder how the frozen shrimp in your grocery store got there?
Due to the great demand for shrimp in countries like the United States, and because we do like a bargain, shrimp raising operations in foreign countries rely on concentrated growing outfits to keep up with our appetite for the little crustaceans. These set-ups can be very detrimental to both the shrimp and the environment, but their practices allow great amounts to be raised in smaller spaces. In order to make sure of the highest survivability rate, antibiotics and pesticides are used. On top of that, the waterways used to raise shrimp become easily polluted causing potential public health issues and endangering other aquatic life.
Much of the frozen shrimp, and even some sold at the seafood counter, is raised in countries such as Vietnam, India, Indonesia and China. Of the average 1.1 billion pounds imported in the United States, only 0.7 percent of shrimp is actually tested by the Food and Drug Administration. Even though shipments of shrimp with antibiotic residue are banned by the FDA, so few of these batches are tested and are still sold to American consumers.
What are the options for those who love shrimp but have decided to forgo purchasing frozen shrimp? What are the options to buying fresh sustainably raised shrimp in states like Indiana that have no easy access to fresh shrimp such as states like Louisiana or Florida? That is where small businesses like Blue Barn Shrimp come in. Our growing practices use a heterotrophic system allowing us to raise shrimp without the use of antibiotics and pesticides. The shrimp live in a symbiotic relationship with bacteria that helps to keep the water clean without causing any damage to the shrimp or the water.
We promise at Blue Barn Shrimp you will notice a difference in the shrimp we raise, both in taste and in the texture, compared to store bought shrimp. Shrimp raised using our methods are sweeter and much firmer.