One of my really good friends and a man I have huge respect for in the permaculture movement recently noted that paraphrasing here, “nothing or very little about aquaponics is regenerative”. I both agree and disagree with this statement depending on how it is examined.
Broader though there are many such dilemmas in the world of agriculture and permaculture today. Take GMO for instance, while I am a staunch opponent of GMO, I can’t deny that GMO could be useful if properly used and not seen as a way to ignore soil health among other things.
What about where you buy what you can’t grow, is organic really more regenerative or even less bad for the environment than conventional in most instances? Well that is a big ass it depends isn’t it? If you are hunting, fishing and growing your own meat, and even buying meat local, should you never buy conventional meat, due to simple necessity or perhaps a desire for something you can’t get another way?
Say you take a piece of cattle panel and make a bean trellis with it, how long will it be before the calories from the beans will exceed the energy needed to make that panel, will it rust to the ground before that happens? Is that bad if you do it, should you feel shamed for using a product that works, is inexpensive and lasts a long time?
What about ocean fish, are they being over fished? I think most honest people would say we are better off on managing that than say 40 years ago but still we are very much over fishing. Worse while the US has a lot of common sense controls on fishing, we often just buy from nations that don’t, offshoring our damage?
So now full circle, say we have that aquaponics system, we produce 25 fish meals for our table a month we don’t buy from the market, well, how does that change our evaluation of aquaponics?
More over, technology is not slowing down and while industry does a lot of damage, a cleaner energy future is coming, how does that impact all these things? I will be doing sort of a self conversation with this concept today, challenging myself with questions and dilemmas like these, and would love to hear your thoughts on them in the comments below.
Join Me Today to Discuss…
- Regenerative vs. sustainable vs. reduced impact – where do the lines blur
- Can a some what imperfect action have a far reaching net positive result
- Examining some examples of practices with an open mind
- GMOs, can any good come from them
- Soil conservation even with conventional farming
- Raising quail in stacked systems
- Aquaponics – what is the real impact
- The average garden, how much good does it really do
- Buying choices, local, organic, conventional, etc.
- Materials we use in our projects, metal, plastic, recycled, etc.
- Making cheap cider vs. all mash or extract beer from gain and hops
- What might the impacts of future technology be on much of this
- Should we revisit the idea of the 10 Percent Project
- Why I feel individual actions even imperfect ones have the largest impact
- Looking at your total impact vs. just individual components
- The real question is how do we make more people want to do these things
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- How Long – Michael Schenker
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