“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
"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."
"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."
"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."
“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.