Why Aquaponics?

In a world where so many of our food choices are either conventionally grown or genetically modified, it’s become increasing important to be conscious of where our food comes from and how it is grown.

We are all responsible for our own health

 and what goes into our bodies ultimately dictates the life we will lead in the future.

 

The food choices we make also affect the planet. Animal agriculture, pesticides, and pollution from industrial farming has negative consequences for the environment that we inhabit.

As conscious, health-oriented people, it’s so important that we think of this every time we decide to purchase and consume food.

Fortunately, there is a solution that will allow us to more easily grow healthy food and preserve the environment - a solution that can be implemented by everyday people, farmers, governments, and corporations alike.

The solution is Aquaponics

Aquaponics is a self-sustaining food production ecosystem that combines Aquaculture (raising fish on land) with Hydroponics (growing plants without soil).

Simply put, fish and their waste provide fresh nutrients for the plants, which grow entirely in water. The plants naturally filter the water, which gets recirculated back to the fish, in a closed-loop system.

Here are four reasons why we need Aquaponics now more than ever:

1. Aquaponics is a win-win

By both raising fish and growing plants in the same self-sustaining, closed-loop system, a complete healthy food diet for human sustenance can be created in the same area, with less usage of space and resources than conventional farming.

2. aquaponics increases healthy, organic food supplies

Aquaponics is an incredibly versatile technology that can be customized or modified for any type of space, environment, or budget. It has the potential to create healthy, organic food all over the world - from at-risk communities in the outskirts of Cambodia to rooftops in affluent Singapore.
The population of the world in increasing, and so is the spread of a healthy mindset when it comes to food consumption. Aquaponics can provide the answer to both.

3. aquaponics is the ultimate green farming strategy

Farming with Aquaponics conserves water, energy and land. Here’s how:
Water
In an aquaponics system, plants help clean and filter the water where fish thrive - meaning a small amount of water goes a long way. Aquaponics uses 90% less water than traditional agriculture.
Energy
A properly maintained aquaponics system uses far less energy than conventional farming techniques. It also eliminates or drastically reduces food miles, which lowers greenhouse gas emissions.
Land
By growing both fish and plants together in the same compact system, Aquaponics uses 10x less space than growing via conventional methods. 71% of the Earth’s surface is habitable land, and 50% is used for agriculture and farming. By reducing the amount of space dedicated to agriculture and farming, we help preserve our natural environment.

4. aquaponics saves time

Aquaponics crops and fish mature to harvest readiness 60% faster than when using traditional methods of farming. This means more people can be be fed faster, and more regularly. With aquaponics, there are no more long months of waiting for harvests while people go hungry.

In today's world

we are struggling with potentially devastating ecological problems.
Many are the result of animal agriculture - the most destructive industry threatening our planet. 

It is responsible for over 51% of greenhouse gas emissions, mass deforestation and species extinction - at an alarming rate of 110 species per day.

Here are the issues aquaponics is addressing:

Greenhouse Gas Emission

Greenhouse Gas Emission

Increased gasses are altering the climate. Animal agriculture is the 2nd largest source of human-made greenhouse gas emissions (51%), trapping heat and warming the planet.

Mass Deforestation

Mass Deforestation

The rainforests are disappearing. Every second, more than a football-field sized area of rainforest is cleared - and they will vanish completely within 100 years.

Overfishing the Oceans

Overfishing the Oceans

The oceans are being depleted. Marine species have decreased 39% in the last 40 years. 61% of the world's fish stocks are fully fished, and 30% of commercial fish stocks are over-fished

Water Scarcity

Water Scarcity

Clean water is becoming scarce. By 2050, increased population will result in a 19% increase in agricultural water consumption. By 2025, 1.8 billion people will suffer complete water scarcity.

Overpopulation

Overpopulation

An increased population will have less resources. By 2050, when the global population reaches 9.8 billion, the demand for food will be 60% higher than it is today - and many will go hungry.

Food Insecurity

Food Insecurity

A warming, drying planet is causing food shortages. Drought affected areas have more than doubled in the last 40 years, causing over 80% of the total damage and losses in agriculture.
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