Aquaponics (unlike Hydroponic & Aquaculture practices) requires no fertilizer/chemicals inputs & there is no need to dispose of the toxic fish waste. Instead fish waste becomes a rich fertilizer resource.
Chemical fertilizer production contributes to 33% of green-house gases, consumes 2% of the world's energy production, & has long-term
adverse impact on soil organisms and productivity. Fish waste from aquaculture practices also contributes to carbon emissions and is toxic
our to our environment.
Aquaponics uses 90% less water for the same amount of produce than is required for conventional crops.
Less than 1% of the world's fresh water (~0.007% of all water on earth) is accessible for direct human use and Agriculture is responsible for
87 % of this total water used globally! It is predicted that fresh water will be a critical limiting resource for many regions in the near future!
Aquaponics reduces fish species depletion & grows healthy fish that are free of mercury/radiation contamination.
75% of the world’s fisheries are currently depleted, and 50% of the fish imported is farmed-raised and only 2% of this market is FDA-certified
as safe for consumption!
Aquaponic systems can also grow “natural’ plant food for your fish, making them healthier than corn or soy fed farm-raised fish.
By growing fish on duckweed and natural "fish" food you will increase their Omega-3 fatty acid content, an essential nutrient that is limiting
in most American diets. Not only will growing your own fish feed increase your health, it is environmentally friendly since most commercial
fish feed is made from wild-caught fish!
Aquaponics can be performed in a relatively small place (indoors or outdoors) and requires no land (soil) and therefore is insensitive to flooding, drought, soil nutrient problems, and/or soil-borne diseases.
There are more than 240 "friendly" micro-organisms in an Aquaponic eco-system that act as microscopic defenders protecting the plants
and fish from invading pathogenic organisms which is why Aquaponic systems are more pathogen-free and healthier than other food
Aquaponics is ideal for Local Food Production, Urban Farming, and Food Desert sites since no farm land is required, eliminating the need to add preservatives required for long distance transportation and decreasing the dependency of fossil fuels on food delivery.
Traditional agriculture is the single largest contributor of CO2 emissions, contributed in part from the petroleum use in production &
transportation, and nitrous oxide released from over-fertilization.
1/5 of fossil fuels in US are currently used for conventional agriculture practices and food delivery, and Aquaculture is the 3rd largest
domestic import in the US (imagine the implication of local Aquaponic food markets on these needs)!
Aquaponics allows you to grow ‘safe’ chemically-free genetically-unmodified organic food and to lessen your carbon footprint, while saving you money at the market and the pump!
Aquaponics is the perfect tool to teach students basic biology, chemistry, mathematics, and mechanical engineering, while also offering students a practical side of learning by teaching them how to become self-reliant and environmental responsible with respect to growing their own food in a sustainable way
Aquaponics is weed-free, has low pest management, and requires no bending over to garden so its physically-challenged friendly!
Aquaponics is just plain FUN!