I'm having fun, and watch my nutrient levels like a hawk. I feel obligated to do this because these vegetables are expensive.
The one thing the aquaponic experience has done for me is give me a
much greater appreciation for the food I buy at the grocery store.
While I'm delighted to eat a fresh tomato even if a worm has put a small
hole in it; I would not buy that same produce at the store.
I think about it every time I shop at Costco. Enormous quantities of
perfect produce everyday. People are always bad mouthing current
farming practices, but when it comes down to it, the commercial
production of food is a lot more difficult than most people realize.
Aquaponics has been around for a long time, but it seems that it's
only now beginning to catch on. With droughts and population explosion I
feel that our experimentation, and sharing of information is
contributing to a vital movement toward small household food production
which will help carry many of us through rough times. Some of us may go
on to create commercial systems which will take agriculture back to a
less destructive method once we understand the problems we are likely to
face, but we are all making a collective difference.
Aquaponics is not without fault as it does tend to influence the
genetic makeup of the fish we are breeding. But it may also help to
relieve the stress of over fishing.
So I look at my $3000.00 tomato, and know that it's not about that
tomato, but a contribution to the greater good, and enjoyment of
creating my own food.