Chico Aquaponic is a fairly extensive website that is not overpraising the benefits of aquaponics. It is one of the first sites to state that it is not a panacea for cultivating all the food required for the planet. As a matter of fact, the basic philosophy for Chico Aquaponic seems to be:
“traditional aquaponics” is not a sustainable method. After you add up all the energy involved with aquaponics it still uses more energy to pump water than the caloric energy it grows. For more on that [CLICK HERE]. This is why I strive to design low energy systems, and grow with the seasons. These integrated systems qualify as Permaculture, and I will show you how to accomplish every one of the goal on that list! My first rule is don’t fight Mother Nature. She can be generous if you work with her.
Traditional aquaponics may never grow enough food to get back what you invest, but you will save a lot of water, know first hand how safe your food is, and if you design it with raised beds you will not have to get down on your knees. Growing a garden is a challenge, at least it was to me. Aquaponics is not any easier, and often times more difficult than soil based gardening. I don’t consider myself an expert, just experienced, but I hope I can help you get you off to a good start because it can provide a great deal of enjoyment.
Chico Aquaponic is a Good Resource
The content for the site is pretty extensive, and it has quite number of references that are also well worth using as the need arises. I know I have added Chico Aquaponic as a web resource for my own personal use.
You may not like to be told that Aquaponics is not sustainable in the strictest sense of the word, but my focus is on using the technology as an aquarist, and that is not sustainable from a purely ecological viewpoint. However, combining the two reduces the carbon footprint, gives us healthy food to eat and an enjoyable living picture. It may not be perfect, but it is a string step toward better living all around.