It gave me NO pleasure researching PVC chemicals in aquaponics systems.
I am one of the biggest supporters of Aquaponics. I believe that with some education it can eradicate hunger in 3rd world countries.
The process of feeding ourselves with produce and protein that is healthy is very important to me and millions of other people.
Over 90% of aquaponics systems use PVC pipes. Pretty much the hydroponics industry is all PVC.
Most of the backyard systems use PVC in their Aquaponics.
When it was bought to my attention in the past week about a potential danger of slow chemical poisoning in aquaponics I was shocked.
I felt like I was punched in the heart. At first I did everything to disprove what I was told. However the more I looked into the whole plastic and vinyl industry, the harder it became to deny the facts. The name PVC stand for "polyvinyl chloride"
That alone should raise an eyebrow.
Chloride can be a nasty chemical. I remember seeing kids hair turning green from chloride in swimming pools, when I was a child. I believe people should have the facts about PVC.
I am big on telling the truth and so I present this research to you. PVC is made from lead, phthalates, cadmium in the manufacturing process.
Think about that for a second.
Those are some very toxic chemicals! When PVC is burned it creates a dioxin, which is a class 1 cancer causing agent.
Excessive exposure to sunlight and heat with PVC, can over time cause these chemicals to leach.
That is why the pipe is normally buried and this is recommended by the plastics industry too.
Many of the backyard aquaponics systems that have the PVC pipe sitting in the sun are vulnerable to this happening.
The PVC needs to be covered up.
Why aren't the big aquaponics companies who sell their systems telling people these facts?
Most of the bell siphons, fittings and pipes are all PVC.
Do these people even know about this research and findings?
Surely if you are in this industry it should be something that is investigated...PVC is NOT re-cyclable
which means tons of it now sits in landfills all around the world.
It is being broken down and exposed to the elements like sun and heat. Lead ash fragments is the big concern here.
Leaching into the earth is another cause for concern. Leaching means it can be getting into the water ways.
Remember when science found out about lead paint all those years ago? Well it seems PVC could also be a concern too.
There are other alternatives which our own family will be changing over with our aquaponics system.
The research that I did was from scientific research that was conducted over the last 12 years from commissions and agencies all over the world.
Some of the research was hard to find and other documents had been removed.
We went back through archives to find these reports. That's why this information is so important for you to see.
Make your own decisions backed up by this research. The guide I put together is FREE to everyone.
I am more concerned with people knowing the facts about PVC with aquaponics/hydroponics systems.
I am NOT telling you not to use PVC. I am just asking you to research it for yourself.
NOT ALL PLASTICS ARE THE SAME. The commission findings were not good on PVC.
I am always encouraging people to grow their own food and be healthy.
So what kind of person would I be if I know this and did not share my research with you?
This makes me as guilty as the corporations who hide the truth. They already know some of these facts about plastics and PVC.
Water is continually transferred through PVC in Aquaponics/Hydroponics.
If you pick the guide up, I have given everyone enough education and research to make their own decisions.
Again I want to say this is something that people who are in the industry of growing produce with water and using PVC should know about.
Too many things have been ignored and blown off because people were not correctly informed.
I do not wish the use of PVC to be the same.
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Wishing you all the best with your Aquaponics Systems