What’s a Prepper??? Hint: It isn’t a soda.

On the local front, sadly us Californians rejected the proposition that would label bodily destructive GMO’s. On the national front, a man in Orlando is fighting to keep his vegetable garden that is against city ordinance because it’s in his front yard. Ironically, the FEMA office on Staten Island closed due to weather on November 7th while, overall, more than 139,000 Staten Island households were affected by hurricane Sandy.There were 80,000 New York-area customers still lacking power Tuesday night, November 6th, more than a week after Sandy hit that coastal area according to Con Edison, New York City’s largest utility company.

Meanwhile way down south in Argentina, the power went out for an extended period of time due to the opposite weather conditions–it was too hot and high demand caused two high voltage lines to fail. Even the Congress building and presidential palace went dark.

What’s wrong with this broad stroke picture? Everything.

What’s coming that can correct this wrong course for our country and the world? A movement of huge proportions. It’s called the Prepper Movement.

And it’s taking the US, in particular, by storm.The Prepper Movement is a truly grassroots movement that is uniting people of all countries, ages, ethnic groups and religions into one ever growing mass of people who have come to realize they cannot depend on their Governments. They know that they can’t rely on government to protect the country’s food integrity from unscrupulous corporate greed or save them in a time of crisis. They have also come to believe they need to be able to feed themselves and fend for themselves when faced with an interruption to their modern way of life no matter what the cause. They understand our newly acquired civilized existence is too dependent on forces beyond their own autonomy and ingenuity.

Why am I saying it is newly acquired? Because homes in U.S. cities have only had electricity since 1930, and only 10% of the people in rural communities had it at that early date. Although Supermarkets started in the U.S. in the 20’s and 30’s, they didn’t become dominant until after World War II in the 1950’s. Why are supermarkets vulnerable? Because Supermarkets depend completely on a functioning trucking industry, which, in turn, depends completely on plenty of economical fuel; and that depends on a fully functioning electrical power grid.

Now, most of the world is dependent on outside sources for both food and energy. Those outside sources aren’t providing healthy, nutritious food or reliable energy. It’s a very vulnerable interlocking network that is subject to all kinds of natural or manmade disasters including solar flares or terrorist attacks on the grid. Ask the folks in New Jersey, New York and Virginia about how that inter-dependent network is working out right about now; as gas stations closed due to power outages causing lines that are five hours long in the few remaining open stations.

There are three major areas where Preppers (which is an abbreviation of the word Preparing) are becoming self sufficient. The most important factors for sustaining life are Food, Water and Energy, and that’s where Preppers are focusing their time, effort and money. Besides online networks, like the ones pictured and linked above, Preppers are flocking to EXPOS that are popping up across the U.S.

Our next Blog post will feature one of those venues, the Self Reliance EXPO. Here, upcoming entrepreneurs and savy customers networked together in this new marketplace that is launching out of the box and off the grid products. These products offer healthy alternatives, convenience, safety and peace of mind to the growing number of people who know the really big crash is still coming. This coming crash tsunami threatens the power grid, food security and food safety, which has already been violated by the emergence and full acceptance of GMO’s by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

But before we get specific, let’s go wide with a list of all the Prepper/Survivalist Expos out there including: Arizona Survivalist/Prepper, Get Prepared Expo, Prepare & Survive EXPO, The Home Safety Prep Tour, Kansas Prepper EXPO, Sustainable  Preparedness, The Great Utah Emergency Preparedness Expo, National Preppers & Survivalists EXPO, and the Self Reliance Expo.

There wouldn’t be a growing list of EXPO’s like the ones above if there weren’t a growing list of Preppers to attend the EXPO’s and growing interest in the subject of prepping. There also wouldn’t be two new TV series out on the national networks including National Geographic’s “Doomsday Preppers”,  a reality show focused on Preppers across the nation and the fictional NBC hit, “Revolution” about a U.S. without a power grid where rebels fight for the flag.

Every time there’s a national disaster like hurricane Sandy or another GMO crop becomes approved by the U.S. Food Czar and ex-Monsanto Lawyer, Michael Taylor, the Preppers population grows exponentially. Thousands will be added to the Prepper roles in the near future compliments of Sandy alone.

Check back with us soon for the post featuring the Self Reliance Expo that happened in late October in Mesa, AZ. We’ll introduce you to some of the up-coming businesses that are being launched by Preppers for Preppers, which, by the way, includes Aquaponics USA. These businesses won’t be the ones going bust in 2013. They will be the ones growing as this gigantic wave of American entrepreneurism coupled with the Prepper Movement comes to shore. See you again soon.

Packing for and Traveling to our 2nd Fish and Veggie Road Show in Mesa, Arizona!

This post is all about packing and traveling about five hours with Live Fish. We were heading for the Self Reliance EXPO in Mesa, AZ and were crossing the state line into Arizona so we didn’t take the veggies and had to purchase and plant veggies once we got to Arizona. In a way, this is a tutorial about how to travel with Live Fish. We learned a lot in our first Fish & Veggie Road Show to the KNOWPHEST in Los Angeles as we lost a couple of fish. This time all of our fish arrived safe and sound. Here’s what we did differently.

The first thing we did was we stopped feeding our fish a couple of days prior to transporting them. Unlike mammals, fish can easily handle not eating for a couple of days. The reason that’s important is that with empty stomachs, they won’t pollute their traveling water with their own waste and tox themselves out. Once they are at the Show, their waste will be converted to nitrates by the friendly bacteria in the biofilter that is the Grow Bed with plants in it.

The next thing we did differently is we took two traveling tanks instead of one. In our first Fish & Veggie Show, we put the big fish in with the fingerlings and two of the fingerlings didn’t make the trip. We don’t know what happened; but figured the safer way to protect the little ones was to not mix them together in one tank.

The next thing we did that was different is we added a Titanium Heater to their traveling tanks to get their water temperature up to the levels that they are used to and like. The first picture below shows Oliver hooking the Titanium Heaters to their two traveling tanks. The second picture shows the heater and the box it comes in. This is a really great little electric water heater that really does the job. We sell two of them, one is a 200 Watt Heater and the other is a 300 Watt Heater. They are both on our website Here. At the Show, the 300 Watt  Heater kept our 120 gallon fish tank at a cozy 76 degrees for our fish. The third picture shows the temperature rising as the Titanium Heaters heat up the water prior to our putting the fish in their traveling tanks.

Of course we also had aeration using our favorite 4″ Aerators that you can also find on our Accessories Page and using our Air Pumps that you can find on our Pumps Page.  Fish can’t survive without it. We bought inverters and had a backup battery pack that ran the heaters and the air pumps during the times that we stopped on the road to eat and take bathroom breaks. The photos above show the two air pumps sitting in front of the traveling fish tanks.

The important thing that makes these traveling tanks is they have lids on them. The lids are important to keep the water in the tanks and not on the bed of the Honda Pilot. However, driving behavior must be adjusted to keep the water in the traveling tanks even when they have lids. We ended up having to turn around and go home to get yet another back up inverter when we first took off at 4 AM and sloshed a lot of water into the bed of the Honda killing our original inverter. Traveling with fish is, indeed, tricky.

The final new thing we did to make traveling safer and more comfortable for the fish was we covered the traveling tanks with a blanket while the heaters went to work heating their water. Then we slept for a few hours before hitting the road. The total amount of time that the fish were in their traveling tanks was about 24 hours, which was a long time; but they did fine due to all of the extra precautions we took this time.

We were able to reduce the number of cars it took to carry everything needed for our Show down to two cars because we added a trailer, which the truck towed. Here’s the cartoon image of our Fish & Veggie Road Show followed by an actual picture of our Tacoma with its trailer.

Here’s a picture of what was packed in front of the traveling tanks in the very convenient bed of the Honda Pilot. We definitely jam packed both vehicles and the trailer. But once again, the result was impressive.

Watch for our next post which will be all about what happened once we got to the Self Reliance EXPO. It was such a scene. We so appreciate being able to take you on the  ride with us as we share how important Aquaponics is in this challenging 21st Century. See you again, soon.