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Unagi is the Japanese term for fresh water eel.
Here are some facts about one of the most sought after sushi ingredient:
The huge consumption of unagi and the high demand for it is unfortunately one of the reasons why there seems to an environmental problem concerning this ingredient.
These days, about ninety percent (90%) of the unagi consumed in the United States is produced by farms from China, Taiwan and Japan.
Eel farms are often located in coastal wetlands. Most use open-tank systems that flush farm waste into the surrounding areas, which causes pollution and threatens local ecosystems.
Source: Sustainable SushiHow about you, do you actually eat Unagi sushi? I honestly don't.