In recent weeks, I’ve been reflecting on aquaponics – and its impact on my life.
I wrote the Urban Aquaponics Manual back in 2007 – and then revised it three times – and I’ve been endeavouring to roll out the 4th Edition for several years…but I struggle to make the time to complete the work.
I’ve designed and built a dozen systems…and I currently have my latest creation ready to go…but I lack the motivation to even find the fish and start it up.
I’ve spent about 13 years on various discussion forum and Facebook groups and that has brought me into contact with the full spectrum of humanity ranging from the delightful to the absolute arsehole…and I’m tired.
Part of my problem with aquaponics has to do with my introduction, in 2014, to iAVs…the method that best demonstrates what integrated aquaculture looks is really about.
Suffice to say, I’ve been at the aquaponics crossroads for some time…but the disenchantment has peaked in the past couple of weeks.
About a week ago, Permaculturist David the Good released a YouTube video called “The Aquaponics Delusion – Why Aquaponic Gardening Doesn’t Make Sense” in which he canvassed his concerns with aquaponics. The ensuing reaction from elements of the aquaponics community caused David to pull the video but the gist of his argument can be found in this article.
While article had some shortcomings, enough of it resonated with me that it became the straw that finally broke the aquaponics camel’s back.
My problem with aquaponics is exacerbated by other personal issues. Suffice to say, I have too many projects – and too little time – to the point where I’m not achieving anything except to frustrate myself and others.
As things stand, right now, I’ll be selling my latest (unused) recirculating aquaculture system. I’ll also be calling a halt to the rollout of the 4th Edition of the Urban Aquaponics Manual…at least until I’ve cleared the backlog.
I’m not abandoning integrated aquaculture…simply changing direction.