Most of us never stop to wonder where the dish we eat in some fancy restaurant comes from. What, for instance, does that dish of succulent shrimp in front of you have to do with murdered fishermen in Honduras or killer hurricanes on the Gulf coast?
In Let Them Eat Shrimp: The Tragic Disappearance of the Rainforests of the Sea, Kennedy Warne writes about the disappearance of the world’s mangrove forests, nearly impenetrable masses of trees and plants along some of our shorelines that serve as great breeding grounds for shrimp and other marine species. In easy-to-understand, nontechnical language, he shows how the rampant exploitation of these irreplaceable resources impacts peoples’ lives, local economies, and the global ecosphere. Warne details, in stark words, how the world’s fate is inextricably linked to the fate of the mangroves.
He gives you something to think about the next time you order a shrimp cocktail. Warne gets my five stars.