We've know that organic farming relies heavily on "byproducts" of animal agriculture. Blood meal, bone meal, excrement. Some vegans claim they aren't concerned about eating such vegetables, being that the animal products in question are only "byproducts" and not the main product. I have long been countering that by saying that the sale of such by products to organic vegetable farmers helps animal farmers earn a profit, and stay in business, and that we need to have more vegan gardening and farming, and that there is no one else that will do that other than ourselves. Now I've learned about something that is even worse, aquaponics — an enterprise where animal agriculture is the main business, and vegetables are the byproduct. Should we buy such vegetables?
Here is an article on the subject of aquaponics as a by-product of fishfarming. Aquaponics can involve soil-grown plants, but often involves hydroponics. It links to an article on fish farming, from which it gets the following quote...
Looking at the vegetables for sale at Whole Foods, for example, I see lots of vegetables that have labels saying they are greenhouse grown or hydroponically grown. I wonder how many of these are a "byproduct" of fish farming. In particular I've noticed hydroponically grown watercress.My focus has always been and continues to be concentrated on quality fish growing systems with the aquaponics being the secondary profit center. Aquaponics was started to have a place to dispose of the fish waste in a profitable manner
I tend to prefer to put the "accent the positive" rather than focus on trying to drive out the negative. I often hear vegans whining about how non-vegans don't provide them with enough vegan food choices in restaurants owned and operated by non-vegans, whining about how non-vegan commercial food producers don't make products vegan by removing non-vegan ingredients. To them I say, stop focusing on the negative, and accent the positive. Dam it, stop whining, and start growing your own food, operating your own restaurants, and operating your own commercial food production. We must take control of the means of production, rather than whine to the people that are currently in control. Stop being children. Stop complaining to your mother about what she feeds you, and starting preparing your own meals. Otherwise the vegan revolution will remain in its infancy.
Otherwise we will continue to be those whiny vegans that everyone hates.