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Let Them Eat Shrimp: The Tragic Disappearance of the Rainforests of the Sea Hardcover – February 23, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press; 2 edition (February 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597266833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597266833
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Let Them Eat Shrimp lays bare the hidden consequences of everyday consumption, showing how Americans' eating habits are changing lives around the globe. Warne's narrative has staying power, but the worlds he captures are disappearing in the blink of an eye."
(Wade Davis author of The Serpent and the Rainbow and One River)


"An utterly fascinating book! The destruction of wondrous places doesn't make for a happy story, but in Warne's passionate telling, it's one you won't be able to put down. Instead, you'll come away from this excellent read determined to visit a mangrove forest and to say no thanks to your next plate of farmed shrimp."
(Deborah Madison author of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone and Local Flavors)


"Kennedy Warne is a 21st century Lorax—he speaks not only for the mangrove trees but also for the disenfranchised, disempowered, and betrayed people who depend on mangrove forests for their lives and their dignity. Let Them Eat Shrimp raises a clarion call to action against those who continue to put profits before people and consumption before reverence."
(Aaron M. Ellison Senior Ecologist and Senior Research Fellow, Harvard University)


"Warne's writing is artistic (shrimp and mangroves are 'like a pair of orbiting stars, though one shines at the expense of the other') and the stories he tells are deeply personal, featuring a good blend of the scary (commercial shrimping will destroy the mangroves!) and the hopeful (but we can prevent it!), the mark of a high-quality conservation treatise."
(Green Life (Sierra Club))


"Based in New Zealand, Warne is a journalist and founding editor of New Zealand Geographic. He offers an extended narrative describing what he learned as he investigated the profound importance of mangrove forests to the ecological balance of the areas near the ocean where they are located, and to the people who depend on that ecosystem. The story involves the impact of shrimp aquaculture and massive coastal development—both of which devastate these 'rainforests of the sea' and disable their mitigation of climate change through carbon storage as well as the protection they give coastlines in the event of tsunamis."
(Reference & Research Book News)


"Rainforests of the land evoke a lot more international concern, and Warne includes in the last chapter of his vivid and pithy book a vignette of a scientist glooming about the undeservedly low public profile of mangroves. Warne's book sets out to remedy this, but it's far from mere lecturing. Warne, founding editor of New Zealand Geographic, visits mangroves around the world and lets what he sees and the people he meets make their own case. The book is a travelog with attitude."
(Science News)


"Telling the stories of people displaced by intensive shrimp farms in Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas, Warne provides evocative tales of economic disparities and disruption of local tradition."
(CHOICE)


"If the tragedy of stories of lives and livelihoods ruined by mangrove depletion haven't hit home by this point, the idea of $10,000 being wasted with every hectare of mangrove ripped up and turned into boundless shrimp farms should."
(The Ecologist)


"Kennedy Warne's effort to 'set the record straight' with respect to mangroves comes at a critical time and at an appropriate level to catch the attention of stakeholders, land use planners, and policy makers around the world."
(Journal of Environmental Studies and Science)


"Kennedy Warne tells it straight: mangroves are under threat. In his passionate travelogue, he covers everything from vandal monkeys to life on the shores of the Red Sea, chronicling the global fight to save the rainforests of the sea. Let Them Eat Shrimp is a cocktail worth savoring."
(Raj Patel author of The Value of Nothing)

About the Author

Kennedy Warne is author of Roads Less Travelled and founding editor of New Zealand Geographic. His articles have appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian, GEO, and other publications.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S on April 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The idea for this book originated as a story for National Geographic Magazine-- the article is a great preview for the book. The slide show is amazing, of course. [...]

Kennedy Warne visits mangroves from Bangladesh to Eritrea to Panama and Brazil. Though the title references shrimp farms, the book is centered on the ecology of mangroves, the cultures they support, threats to their continued existence, and ecosystem services. Culture? Yes--just like the rainforests referenced in the subtitle, mangroves support people who depend on them for shellfish, charcoal, fisheries, and even honey. Their exploitation by small groups of people may be sustainable, but mangroves are vulnerable to coastal development for tourism, timber, and shrimp farms. Warne travels the globe and finds that many governments protect mangroves on paper, but enforcement is lacking and development is often unregulated. It's not all bad news though, there are some encouraging stories of innovative sustainable development and reforestation programs, mangrove restoration and mitigation. None of the policy or science is excruciating or boring, however. It reads more like a travelogue-- I was reminded of Douglas Adams's Last Chance to See, one of my favorite books. Tigers hunt the mangroves in Bangladesh, monkeys in Tanzania use their tails to lure crabs, a humanitarian/cell biologist leads reforestation efforts in Eritrea. It's fascinating stories that are linked by mangroves.

Warne says that he is interested in mangroves because "they're maligned, they're marginalized....Mangroves are underdogs." He champions them well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colin McNair on July 29, 2012
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This writer is well versed in his topic and wrote in a clear and informative style. If you've been wondering why shrimp have been so underpriced in the stores, this book will show you the hidden costs.
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By worker bee on July 14, 2014
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This book describes extremely clear (for anyone who is interested ) about the negative impact of shrimp farms on mangroves. Besides that it describes in an easy to understand way the way mangroves work.
I work daily in mangroves with tourists , and this is a great book and must read for those with some kind of interest in mangroves.
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