One Community feels that modeling ethical maintenance and development of aquaculture is essential and for The Highest Good of All in today’s world of diverse needs. We anticipate many cultures and communities globally and for the predictable future will either need or choose to use aquaculture as food and/or raise them for their other byproducts. With this in mind, we see an opportunity for One Community to demonstrate Highest Good methods of doing this. Our team that consists of vegetarians, vegans, and omnivores, has elected that the omnivores will be raising catfish, freshwater mussels, and crawfish for food and as fertilizer providers for the Large-scale Aquapini, Zenapini 1 and Zenapini 2. We approach this process with respect, gratitude, and love for these creatures and will be expanding this page with our open source collaborative efforts and experience once on the property.
Aquaculture is a necessary part of any aquaponics system because it provides essential nutrients to the plants. For the Large-scale Aquapini, Zenapini 1 and Zenapini 2 we will begin with a polyculture of channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) or blue catfish (I. furcatus), a crawfish/decapod crustacean (Procambarus clarkii, Pacifastacus leniusculus, Macrobrachium rosenbergii, or Cherax quadricarinatus), and a bivalve mollusk (Anodontea sp. or Margaritifera falcata). The catfish will be raised in the ponds, the crawfish will be raised in the sump and raceways, and the mollusks will be raised in the ponds, sump, and raceways.
Channel catfish were chosen because they are stocked by the state Fish and Wildlife as a sport fish in many bodies of water, so regulatory issues are not anticipated. They are rated highly for flavor and the most widely aquacultured finfish in North America. The channel catfish is also one of the faster maturing fin-fish, reaching harvestable size in 6 months under the conditions we anticipate for the planned systems. The species is tolerant of a wide range of conditions and accepts a wide range of feeds so we expect it will be an excellent initial species during the startup learning curve for both us and future teacher/demonstration hubs. As the systems operating personnel gain experience and the system settles in, other finfish species can be trialed.
The crawfish, Pacifastacus leniusculus, grows to a larger size than the red crawfish, Procambarus clarkii, and has the advantage of being native to the State where the property is located. This reduces State Fish and Wildlife concerns about introducing non-native species. It has the disadvantage of not being as readily available for stocking as the red crawfish, but we have already addressed this through a collaborative agreement with our state Fish and Wildlife Department. If unexpected obstacles arise, we will instead look to raise the Australian redclaw crawfish (Cherax quadricarinatus) as per the source listed below.
Both of the candidate mollusks are also native to the State. However, they are listed as at risk or threatened species, so State Fish and Wildlife permission for initial stocking has been acquired because we will be raising these mollusks for both food and restocking purposes.
Professional Aquaculture Services
Source for their own ‘Chico’ strain of virus and disease free channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)
$.50 -1.50 ea. depending on size (price as of 12/2/13)
Overton Fisheries, Inc.
Source of D&B strain of blue catfish (and pure genetic blue tilapia). Also sells windmill aerators and in-pond compressed air aeration systems
4”- 6” fingerlings D&B strain of blue catfish $ 0.75 ea. per hundred
We feel open source sharing the specific process of ethically raising and harvesting aquaculture is essential. Stocking densities will be maintained at low levels for the animals health and comfort and all aspects of the process of raising and harvesting will also be handled with care, respect, and gratitude. This will be handled exclusively by the people choosing to eat the aquaculture so that respect is paid to the preferences of non-participation for vegans and vegetarians.
For ethical and humane fish harvesting, this is the best system we’ve found so far: Ethical Fish Harvesting System. The way their system works: live fish swim through a tube, a small electric charge stuns the fish unconscious, then further down the tube a larger shock kills the fish without pain or damage to the meat. “Examiners found less than 1% of fillets with any sign of hematoma and the technology passed two humaneness audits by U.K. regulators.”
Once on the property, One Community will be open source project-launch blueprinting the complete process of taking care of our aquaculture from purchasing to harvesting and every detail in-between. We will be doing this so that people with zero prior knowledge will be able to raise aquaculture and integrate these components into their own individual lives or as part of the One Community complete open source self-sufficient teacher/demonstration community, village, or city model. The resources we will be providing include:
Q: How does the raising of animals fit into your Highest Good of All and Earth Stewardship Philosophy?
Our Highest Good of All Philosophy is non-dogmatic and supportive of diverse viewpoints (and diets). We recognize humanity will most likely and for the foreseeable future continue using animal products and we believe it is in the Highest Good to demonstrate the most ethical methods. In areas like this where some ideologies may prefer a 100% vegan or vegetarian organization, we do our best to communicate what can be expected on the property so people can choose whether or not that fits with their own desires.
Q: How is your raising of aquaculture in the Highest Good of aquaculture?
We feel that humanity’s dietary needs and desires will stay diverse for the foreseeable future. Because of this, we see that demonstrating a process of reconnecting people to their food, the process of raising and caring for animals, and sharing and spreading ethical and humane animal husbandry that treats the animals and the entire process with respect, love, and gratitude is beneficial to animals being raised for food around the world.
Q: I’m vegan/vegetarian, will I have to participate in harvesting or eating animals? Will animal parts be cooked with my food?
No, you will not have to participate in any part of animal husbandry that you don’t want to if you are not using animal products. Additionally, all vegetarian food will be prepared separately from animal foods.
Q: Who will be processing the animals into food and other byproducts?
Omnivore team members will be responsible for handling this. We believe that part of ethical animal husbandry starts with education and awareness, and that it is in the Highest Good of all life on the planet for humans to be educated and aware of the process the animals go through to become food and other byproducts. Our values model is also one that includes the aspect of not asking someone else to do for you what you yourself are not willing to do. With all that in mind, we have elected to have ALL members that will be consuming animal products participate in the entire process of the animals’ lives, from birth to table. Yes, that means that if you plan on eating meat at One Community, you would be expected to assist in processing that type of animal from beginning to end, including ending an animal’s life, at least one time. (For children, the parents will help determine the age and level of participation of processing.)
Q: What if I do not ever want to participate in processing animals or animal products?
Only those who have elected to participate in eating or using a specific animal product will be asked to participate in processing of that animal or its byproducts. Vegan community members will not be asked to partake in any part of the animal life cycles. This also means that if no one wants to process a particular animal (or any animals), we will then agree on a different sustainable source of food for our community.
Q: Will you be using hormones and/or antibiotics for any of the animals?
No, as a practice and a policy we will not put anything on or in our food (plants or animals) that we would not want to eat.
Q: What if I really want to be a part of One Community but I don’t agree with raising animals for food?
We hope the larger global vision and benefits of One Community outweigh the food choices of some individuals and we believe that being a vegan or vegetarian at One Community will be an opportunity to educate and demonstrate to pioneers and our visitors how to eat a plant-based diet properly and sustainably. We hope this will lead to plant-based dietary choices growing worldwide and we also respect the choices of those who prefer to remain omnivores.
If our model does not suit you, you may want to instead consider joining us as a Satellite Member (click here for the Invitation Form), consultant or volunteer (click here for the Consultant’s/Volunteer’s Page), and/or just follow our progress. We expect other communities will follow with different views on these issues and we will happily be promoting the success of those that are part of the open source and free-sharing network of teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities that we are helping to create. Here are the best ways to follow our progress:
Also, the objective of One Community is to build living blueprints open source so everyone can then use them for duplication in whatever diverse way suits their needs and desires. If you feel like you’d like to see a different version of One Community, we invite you to embrace the task of working with us and using everything we’ve already created to form another iteration of this idea, with a new set of rules/policies/guidelines. That way you can attract the people who share your values and thus like your rule sets, which provide another for The Highest Good of All option with a potentially very different approach.