Aug 23


Sustainable Aquaponics

Concerned about the planet?   “Given the ecological and economic viability of aquaponics, food would be significantly more just if this unique form of aquaculture (aquaponics) became the future of floating protein”.  – Just Food,  by James E. McWilliams     Of all the current threats to the planet, there are three in particular that can […]

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Feb 19

Being Green

I once read that while there are many definitions of ‘green and sustainable’ practices, the Holy Grail of being green is one that takes a waste stream from one system and creates a productive input into another system. Clearly this is one of the most attractive features of aquaponics. It converts the waste stream from aquaculture […]

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Nov 27

Aquaponics and the 2012 Election Part 2 – GMOs and Farmers

In last week’s post, I focused on what I viewed as the good news for aquaponics from the 2012 elections. This week I’ll address the other side of the coin, specifically the rejection of California’s Proposition 37 GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) labeling referendum and the passage of the Farmer’s Rights amendment to the North Dakota […]

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Apr 09

Aquaponics in Japan

This past Monday I returned home from a 10 day trip through Japan with my son. It was a high school graduation gift for him (in part to exercise his four years of Japanese language classes) and a birthday present for me (one of those big deal birthdays that end in a zero. Can you […]

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Jan 30

Aquaponics and World Water Day

A few weeks ago I was on Skype with Meg Stout going through some changes to the Aquaponics Association website. Meg asked me if I had ever heard of the United Nation’s World Water Day. No, I hadn’t. She said that it was a day set aside every year by the Food and Agriculture Organization […]

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Jan 11

Aquaponics and the Subversive Power of Video

This was a noteworthy week in our household – we officially turned off our TV. I can’t claim that it was a noble political statement, nor can I claim that it was an effort to spend more time together as a family playing games and reading. The real reason why we shut it off is […]

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Nov 16

Aquaponics Fish as an Efficient Source of Protein

I’ve been doing several radio interviews a week for the past few weeks to promote my new book, Aquaponic Gardening. Radio interviews are usually fun because they are essentially conversations with very personable people about my favorite subject! Most of the hosts have read the book and they generally ask thought-provoking questions, especially around the […]

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Nov 08

Aquaponic Fish are Not Garbage Disposals

I’ve been doing a lot of radio interviews lately to promote my new book, Aquaponic Gardening. While they’ve mostly been local public radio stations, and aquaponics has been the star of the show, last week’s interview was different. It was my first shot at National Public Radio. My excitement at this quickly turned to nervousness […]

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Oct 14


Aquaponics to Feed the World, Protect the Planet

This week a friend and aquaponics colleague sent me a link to an NPR Salt Food Blog summary of an ‘All Things Considered’ radio broadcast titled Facing Planetary Enemy #1 – Agriculture. Both the broadcast and blog post were focused on just-released findings of a University of Minnesota led team of scientists and researchers. Their […]

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Apr 18

Aquaponics and Biomimicry

In the wine-infused post-dinner conversation with an out of town house guest this week, a rather profound statement was made. Our guest said “we need to quiet our cleverness” in response to some branch of our conversation. “Wow that is quite an interesting thing to say” was my response, or at least that is how […]

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