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Shot Caller: A Podcast by Shannon Sagawe

Oct 7, 2020

Drs. Sandhya Sriram and Ka Yi Ling are the first scientists to ever isolate the stem cells of shrimp.  They asked "why we need to raise an animal for several years, feed it with food that could be fed to humans, slaughter it and then only eat a small fraction of the animal?  Why can't we just grow the meat we want to eat in an ethical, cleaner more sustainable way?"  As cutting edge scientists and women on a mission, this is exactly what they have set out to do.   

The US Shrimp market is approximately $500 million per annum.  Shrimp is the single largest consumed seafood in America, followed by Salmon.

Take the US number and multiply it by 20 to get the size of the shrimp market in China alone- $10 billion!

"Many fisheries around the world throw away more fish than they keep—some of the biggest offenders are shrimp fisheries. In the worst cases, for every pound of shrimp caught, up to six pounds of other species are discarded and this incidental catch of unwanted or unsellable species, known as "bycatch," doesn't just include fish—turtles, seabirds and other animals also suffer." (



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