The benefits that come with using this system are plentiful. Fertilizer is all natural, produce is free of pesticides and herbicides, less water is used since the system recycles (which reduces pollution), and the system can grow eight times as much food as a typical agriculture system! Some cons of aquaponics include, an excess of electricity use, the fact that it cannot be set up by just anyone (must call on professional help), potentially high cost depending on the size of the system, and also the fact that not many plants can be grown this way.
So, while this is a very efficient and useful system, it does have its potential downsides as well which is something to consider for those interested in getting into aquaponics. This is why it is important to do research across all sides of a topic, not just the good sides. Despite the negatives, aquaponics is very effective in reducing our environmental footprint and is the reason why we have so many fresh and nutritious vegetables that are pesticide-free such as cucumbers, bell peppers, cauliflower, and kale! What do you think about aquaponics?