As I've learned about aquaculture and aquaponics over the past 3 years-- I sometimes wished I could go back 40 years and re-design how I spent that time. Knowing what I know now--- I definitely would have chosen a different career. But.. we can never go back.. big sigh here.
Becoming an evangelist for aquaponics is not hard to do, but everyone needs to do it. Collectively, everyone on this site must become not only an evangelist for what you are growing and how you are growing it, but you must become a teacher and life-long student. Anyone who has been able to provide food using less water and land, is now a founding member of a movement to transform farming around the world.
Step one is to be able to accurately explain why this should be important to everyone. In a nutshell, you should tell people the following 4 "take home tidbits"..."The
1. population is growing exponentially (Every 5 seconds= 4 babies born, only 2 people die. Do the math)
2. "global growing climate" is impacting food production. (not just global warming-- rising sea levels, pollution, more frequent storms, drought)
3. fresh, drinkable water is becoming scarce around the world--must cut back on irrigation of field crops (watch the video below)
4. world is increasingly becoming unhappy with what large corporations do to process their food and increase profits without regulation or oversight (GMO, livestock antibiotics, feedlots)"
[photo shows Dr. Tetsuzan Benny Ron, University of Hawaii-- explaining aquaponics to Senator Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii]
These 4 points totally justify investment in aquaponic farming, and put YOU at the forefront of what I personally hope will be a global movement towards home food production for all. The title of this blog was "Each One, Teach One"-- stolen from a local grower's motto here in Hawaii.
Please teach ONE PERSON, every day about what you are doing... and why. Spread this news far and wide. Every new system you inspire makes a difference. Watch this 5 min. video for added motivation and keep feeding those fish!