Vegetarians, vegans and those interested in animal rights, occasionally ask us the question – is aquaponics ethical?
•If the plants can be considered edible for a vegan (as they were nourished by fish poop)
•If the fish are harmed
•If the fish food is vegetarian.
Everyone has a different set of ethical principles but from our stand point – yes, you absolutely can enjoy aquaponics BOTH if you are vegetarian and vegan. Here’s why:
•The plants are nourished by fish waste – not the fish themselves! Vegetable crops all over India have seen animal fertilizer, so even the strictest vegetarian has consumed vegetables helped along by animal waste. Indian farming usually has animal labour involved too – our fish don’t have any work to do – except swim around merrily and poop!
•The fish are not harmed, in fact, as mentioned above, they have very nice lives and enjoy being fed regularly! Some people choose to eat their fish (which is fine, and an excellent source of organic protein) but it’s also completely fine to simply let them swim happily and provide the essential poop!
•Is fish food vegetarian? It completely depends on which fish you use. Just like humans, some fish are natural herbivores, and some are carnivores. So you may want to consider this when choosing the kind of fish to raise.
What do you think?