Aquaponics - Why Aquaponics?
Aquaponics is immensely versatile and it can be successfully used in an extremely broad range of applications. Individuals will love the ease and versatility of being able to grow produce without needing soil or having to worry about soil-borne pathogens and diseases. Commercial growers can profit from the ability to produce the highest quality crops in a sustainable agricultural system that produces almost no waste, and also produces fish as a further potential income crop. Schools in Australia, the USA and the UK have also widely used aquaponics to teach children of all ages a wide variety of subjects.
Aquaponics is for everyone.
Aquaponics for Individuals
Producing food at home not only makes great economical sense but it also helps engage the family in the linkages between nature, food and our shared environment.
Everyone knows a crop always tastes sweeter if you’ve grown it yourself, but getting the whole family involved in feeding and looking after the fish as well as planting and harvesting the crops is a valuable and hands on approach to learning and understanding both our ecosystem and where our food comes from.
Alternatively, aquaponics can simply be a great hobby for the individual who would like to produce their own food for friends, family or just for their own plates.
You can be safe knowing exactly where your food has come from, how it has been grown and how safe it will be. What could be better, and more comforting, than stepping out to your aquaponic system once or twice a day to gather everything that you need for your meals?
The aquaponics greenhouse is effectively a microcosm, it’s a self contained, closed loop system where everything is recycled; from energy, to nutrients and also water. Aquaponics is a very visually attractive and intriguing concept, the integration of fish and plants combined with the calming noise of moving water makes for a captivating and productive learning experience.
Aquaponics has been proven to be a practical and hands on approach to learning with every element of our planet’s function being displayed, from the microscopic bacterial level right up to the “greenhouse effect”.
Another huge advantage is that food is both produced and eaten by the students themselves, they can associate with and value its production. In terms of food miles, it is more a case of food meters!
The systems we provide can be used to teach children of all ages, from kindergarten through to Universities. The system is simple enough to appeal to youngsters, and to demonstrate how an ecosystem works - but can also be sufficiently complex to be used and studied in biology, physics, mathematics and so on and so forth.
If you are realistic about both the benefits and the constraints of aquaponics, then it has been proven to have the potential to provide a profitable and successful income. Whilst it cannot economically compete with traditional, intensively farmed producers, aquaponics can supply very high quality niche produce, year-round, to selected localised restaurants, shops and consumers.
Research is the key to running a successful aquaponics business - feasibility studies are essential to pinpoint a gap in the market that can be filled with highest quality fresh produce.
It is also possible to convert traditional aquaculture farms or hydroponic systems over to aquaponics in order to take advantage of the many commercial, organic and environmental benefits that aquaponics can offer.
Aquaponics is a viable alternative for community-based groups and farming cooperatives who want to set up a sustainable agricultural system - especially where soil quality or availability may be an issue.
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