Solving Red Tide
It’s almost that time of the year again…
And for South Florida locals, winter is the best gift we have to offer. The weather is nothing short of perfect as sunny days are followed by a relieving drop in temperature. It almost makes the broiling summers worth it. However, this winter, we ring in the holidays with red tide.
Red tide is a phenomenon that is not foreign to us South Florida locals, but we at Seventh Generation Solutions believe it is most definitely misconceived.
Red tide occurs when there is an overabundance of nutrients in the ocean, causing algal blooms which in turn decrease the oxygen levels in the ocean, killing fish and other sea creatures; leaving us with washed up wildlife corpses. It is nothing short of depressing.
There are many opinions circulating the reason as to why the red tide has taken over many beaches in South Florida. While it is a natural occurrence; do not be fooled, red tide can be attributed to our lack of ecological consciousness as humans.
How am I responsible? Well, I’m glad you asked. As a consumer, you’ve most likely purchased produce from a commercial farmer. Commercial farms harvest produce in massive quantities with the aid of pesticides and fertilizers. As a result, this creates groundwater pollution that eventually runs off into the ocean and creates an overabundance of nutrients that initially sparks the growing fire in our oceans that is red tide.
Hopefully, I haven’t left you too discouraged…
Because here at Seventh Generation Solutions we believe there is indeed a solution. Aquaponics offers a sustainable alternative to commercial farming and with increased volume, will prove to be just as, if not more able to harvest rapid and abundant amounts of produce. As an organization that promotes sustainable farming, it is impossible for us to turn a blind eye to the destructive nature of commercial farming, and as it is affecting our beautiful beaches, hopefully it will be an eye opener to many more.