For most EU consumers, shrimp is now considered as common food, and few people question its origin or the way it is produced. Contrary to popular belief, most shrimp is farmed and not fished: more than half of the global production (8.2 million tonnes) comes from seafood farms – or aquaculture. Combined with growing aquaculture production worldwide, "feeding the world" comes at a social and an environmental cost.
80% of the global production is located in Asia
40% of French imports are coming from Ecuador
70% of mangrove destruction due to shrimp farming
Since 2019, Earthworm and its partners have been working to make shrimp farming more respectful of people and the environment, particularly in Ecuador. We have several ongoing projects: