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Shellfish attitude is no way to help the planet

23 November 2006
Shellfish attitude is no way to help the planet

Young's Seafood's recent decision to send Scottish langoustines on a 12,000-mile return trip to Thailand for scampi processing, while creating 120 redundancies at its Annan plant, is nothing short of disgraceful.

Thai workers are paid a fraction of the wages of Scottish workers, therefore the company will find it cheaper to ship prawns halfway round the world for processing.

However, this doesn't take into account either the social or the environmental consequences of the decision, and in the wake of a similar move by Dawnfresh of Uddingston in September, this is another example of short-term balance sheet considerations taking precedence over the long-term effect on people and the planet.

I would urge those of your readers who use these products to consider what action they can take to encourage Young's and Dawnfresh to reverse this harmful policy.

David Young
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