Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (raising plants in water). In Aquaponics, you grow fish and plants together in one integrated, soil-less system. But what happens in real life is a little more complicated than I expected. You can read about my experience from the beginning and also why I decided to do Aquaponics on the next page.
Aquaponics is a project that can be undertaken in a small way or a commercial way. It can be set up on a balcony or in a back yard. There are lots of plans available to help anyone who wants to raise their own food get started anytime. After learning all I can and getting some experience with this project I hope to go to a commercial system so we can feed lots of people.
So what has Survival got to do with Aquaponics? When we hear the news and see what is happening in the world around us we realize how badly we need to find a way to provide food for ourselves. Because our distribution routes might be down or just because food prices have gotten so high that we are finding it hard to afford the good food our families need.
Aquaponics is a perfect solution to the need for fresh food and protein to supplement a diet that may be lacking. We can grow our own food. And the best storage is live and fresh. We can feed our family and our neighbors. But we need to get these plans in place as soon as possible.
We also need to store as much non-perishable foods as we can afford to buy now. Food is a much better investment than gold or stocks. You can't eat gold. Your food bill may be twice as much as it is now in a very short time. Your dollar is shrinking and food prices are going up. Which is worth more, money or food?
These are issues we need to address to get prepared for a world that is changing around us. Drought, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, storms, solar flares and possible war or terrorism. Are we ready? We need to take measures to take care of ourselves. We can't depend on the government for every possible emergency. Depending on the situation our emergency workers may have their hands full and we will need to be part of the solution.
Not to be a pessimist but just to be wise and pay heed to what is going on around us. Hey, let's not put our heads in the sand and pretend that everything is just fine. We have work to do!
No, the world is not coming to an end but there are more dangers in our world lately than ever before. There is a lot we can do to take care of ourselves and we should. So let's!
I have found that storing food long term is problematic. I have lost a lot of good food to mold, mice, or bugs. It is not easy to store food well. It takes a lot of work and careful planning. No point in losing all your hard work and investment.
The best food storage is "on the hoof". Live animals don't spoil and they don't need electricity to keep them cold. They may get tough as they age but if we are hungry we will enjoy a nice stew!
Adding fish to our diet is a very good plan. Raising fish seems a very wise project and raising vegetables year round is ideal! Wallah....Aquaponics!