[permaculture] Is This Aquaponics Then?

Ben Martin Horst ben.martinhorst at gmail.com
Wed Jun 3 16:40:44 EDT 2015


Hi Steve,
To me it is problematic to dismiss techniques like aquaponics as "not
connected to the earth." While I have a vague sense as to what you mean,
one could easily make the same statement about all agricultural techniques.
It isn't a precise enough criticism for me.

Further, I have to admit that I cringe to hear esoteric terms like "etheric
and astral energies" thrown about as if they are factual categories. While
I firmly believe that there are aspects of our universe that cannot be
explained within a rationalist framework, I simply do not see how it
furthers discussions about permacultural practice to throw around New Age
terms. It makes no more sense to me than it would if someone were to talk
about the intervention of saints and angels in permaculture practice. I
firmly support anybody's right to their own religious beliefs, but to throw
faith-based terminology around as something that contributes meaningfully
to broader permaculture discourse seems misguided.

-Ben
On May 31, 2015 10:16 PM, "Steve Hart" <stevenlawrencehart at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Jason..great to hear spring has been goood. My argument all along with
> aquaponics and hydroponics similarly is that it is still an artificial
> system if it is not connected directly to the earth. This direct connection
> is critical for us to receive many if not all the nutrients our body needs
> for good if not optimal health. It is within dimensions greater than just
> simple food elements of vitamins sugars and minerals it is in micro
> nutrients etheric and astral energies as well as electromagnetic values. If
> the body is missing out on these which are most often in micro measurement
> our health falters.
>
> This connection with the earth and natural water can not be imitated. This
> also applies to the multitude of foods that we eat that live in water. eg
> watercress fish etc etc etc.
>
> Therefore it is also difficult for me to consider any value in any such
> systems no matter where they are built, desert, damaged land, roof tops
> wherever, the same applies. Perhaps for the argument we jump on the "Beyond
> Organic" bandwagon and call this "Beyond Permaculture". But, having done
> several courses with Mollison and other learned first generation pioneers
> I'm sure that such view is clearly inherent within Mollison/Holmgren
> Permaculture so there is no need to go beyond. It is inherent..Steve Hart
>
> On 1 June 2015 at 16:57, Jason Gerhardt <jasongerhardt at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > I know I'm late to this...been a busy spring, but anyone looking for a
> good
> > example of aquaponics can go to the link below. Flourish Farm is one of
> the
> > microenterprises within the Growhaus in Denver. It's the most productive
> > and flourishing aquaponics system I've ever seen. I see it all times of
> the
> > year and it totally out produces indoor soil growing, and the neighboring
> > hydroponics system (not the same as aquaponics). Best of all, their
> > criteria for using the technique is right...food desert...polluted
> > soils...repurposed building infrastructure. While it is not a fully
> closed
> > loop system, there are some loops being closed, which is the purpose of
> > closing loops...to provide a means to understand energy flow. The
> > educational yield of that alone is likely the greatest product of the
> > system, which makes it an open system, which is infinitely more
> > regenerative than anything described as closed.
> >
> > http://www.coloradoaquaponics.com/flourish-farms
> >
> > Jason
> >
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