Shrimp Facts

Many foreign shrimp farms utilize open systems, or large un-covered pens that leave their stock vulnerable to infections, pollution, and predation. Because the farms are overstocked, harmful diseases spread frequently and rapidly through schools of shrimp. To combat this problem, many growers pre-treat shrimp with pharmaceuticals like the antibiotics Chloramphenicol, linked to the lethal blood disorder human aplastic anemia, and Nitrofuranzone, a known carcinogen. These are just two of many drugs used to treat shrimp that have such destructive side effects they are currently banned in the United States. Florida Organic Aquaculture, however, utilizes a bio-secure, closed-loop system that allows shrimp to grow naturally, without harmful chemical additives. 

Shockingly, the health-degrading properties of imported shrimp aren't the only harmful addition they bring to the table. Foreign shrimp farms are often established on the coastline, and are partly responsible for destroying almost 40% of our world's essential mangrove ecosystems. As a natural coastal buffer, mangroves help prevent soil erosion and provide a barrier against devastating storms like hurricanes and typhoons. Mangrove forests also absorb and convert more environmentally harmful carbon dioxide than any other ecosystem on our planet. These essential mangrove habitats provide a vital home to juvenile fish, crab, and shrimp populations, as well as numerous plants and bird species. Unlike open pen systems, Florida Organic Aquaculture is land-based and covers ground previously used for farming. Our recirculating water system continuously monitors and treats water quality, thereby virtually eliminating the harmful waste associated with open-pen shrimp farms. 

Fortunately, interest in our food sources is increasing every day. Families throughout the U.S. are demanding healthy, sustainable alternatives like Florida Organic Aquaculture’s delicious Happy Healthy Shrimp. In the absence of substantial FDA inspections many states, including Florida, have taken initiative and begun inspecting shrimp imports and cataloging findings. With the development of forward-thinking aquaculture facilities, like FOA, we can eliminate the need for disease fighting pharmaceuticals through prevention. By utilizing our closed-loop system, we ensure that our delectable seafood is grown naturally in a healthy environment, from the hatchery through adulthood. By supporting local, land-based aquaculture facilities we can even prevent damage to our important marine ecosystems and provide vital jobs and community support with a delicious seafood home-grown in the USA. 

Shrimp are already the most consumed seafood in the United States. With all of their amazing health benefits and new sustainable growing techniques, it's no wonder Americans can't get enough of this delicious "super food"! Shrimp are a wonderful contribution to a healthy diet, with over 47% of your daily nutritional value of protein in one 4 ounce serving. Unlike many other protein-packed foods, however, shrimp are surprisingly low in calories, with just 7 per 4 ounce serving. These tasty crustaceans contain over 28% of your daily nutritional value of the Vitamin B12, a nutrient vital to the wellbeing of your body's nerve and blood cells, as well as over 15% of your essential Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which promote cardiovascular and nervous system health. 

Recently, shrimp have also gained much recognition for their high levels of the cancer preventative carotenoid Astaxanthin. Astaxanthin acts as a powerful anti-oxidant, protecting neurons and potentially slowing the effects of age-related cognitive decline. By suppressing the release of inflammatory messaging molecules, Astaxanthin also promotes muscle recovery, strength, and endurance. This boosts your body's immunity, reducing health risks and helping prevent heart disease.