In this special series called “The Neonicotinoid View”, host, June Stoyer talks to Walter Haefeker, President of the Professional Beekeeper’s Association, to discuss a recent situation that occurred in Austria regarding the Minister of Agriculture’s vote to ban neonicotinoids which let to a public outcry.
With the growing demand for organic food production, more and more people are looking at sustainable models that will produce a high yield without necessarily having to farm a large acreage. The perfect solution is aquaponics, which is a great sustainable method to “grow it yourself organically!”
When I was initially approached by social media environmentalist and aquapon, Tom Cooley, I took a quick glance at aquaponics and passed. I simply didn’t think it was for me. I do not eat fish and wanted no part of a system that appeared to give new meaning to farm raised fish, organic or not. However, as I delved deeper into this method of agriculture, I became intrigued. Tom explained to me that you do not have to eat the fish, so I decided to dig a little deeper and discovered a fascinating new world of organic sustainable farming.
When you consider the fact that the USA produces some of the best organic food in the world, it makes absolutely no sense that we continue to import these foods during peak season. As the demand increases for locally grown organic foods, more people are constructing aquaponics models of all sizes to grow their own food. It is not only healthier and more economic but enables people to stop contributing to the monoculture environments that industrial agriculture thrives in which has been producing nothing more than low quality, chemical laden foods.