The question has been asked countless times and I guess will continue to be. Why do Aquaponics and is it worth it? Is Aquaponically grown produce and fish all that different?
Some claim no! Some say that the nutritional value or density, is not much different between produce grown in a regular dirt farm or garden, a hydroponics system or an Aquaponics system. I suppose that comparison is something to be documented, but let's suppose that the comparison is correct. Why then bother with growing Aquaponically?
In this short piece so far, we have not mentioned the fish. Regular dirt gardens/ farms, or hydroponics at any level can't deliver a fish dinner.
So what other reasons might there be to engage in Aquaponics. I will list some. The list is not exhaustive but a good start.
1. Freedom from dangerous pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
2. Aquaponics can be truly "Organic" (none of that midnight spraying of poisons. If you do, you will kill those little policemen, the fish.)
3. Use of natural processes for the production of plant nutrients.
4. Most efficient use of water. (that one is a big one, especially now in SoCal, Aussie and other places)
5. Can be done anywhere. Especially significant in desert areas, places of poor, degraded or polluted soil. Inner city areas that are food deserts. At village level where resources are very limited.
6. Pure food. This sums up many of the above reasons.
Food purity is the overriding consideration. Many, if not most other food production methodologies, are pure food failures.
Perhaps you can add some reasons that are important to you. Please comment below.