1. Saves Water
Water is an incredibly precious resource. Its availability and quality are two very limiting factors for growing food around the world. Luckily, sustainable aquaponics requires significantly less water by recirculating it through the fish and plant system. Locations with significant water pollution should consider filtration before installing a aquaponic system. Fact is, sustainable aquaponics uses less than 10% of the water used in traditional agriculture. 100 gallons of water added to a sustainable aquaponic system, could be recirculated for several days, maybe a week or more, but that same 100 gallons of water distributed on a sun-drenched thirsty soil would be lost by lunchtime and the plants would be suffering.
2. Natural Fertilizer
Plants get nutrients from the water source, the byproducts of the fish system. Traditional agriculture and gardening often used mined or synthetic fertilizers. These cause significant pollution in the process and don’t provide a sustainable source for nutrients. Sustainable aquaponics mimics nature, it produces many nutrients that plants need. It’s a self-contained natural ecosystem.
3. No Waste
Because the system is self-contained, there is no waste. Water is recycled, solids can be composted, and extra plant material can be feed to animals. Compost can then be applied to soil for growing plants that can’t be grown in a sustainable aquaponics system.
4. Reduce “Food Miles”
Ever looked at the product of origin label and wondered how they got here from there. Food transportation consumes immense amounts of oil in addition to the pollution and carbon foot print created. The majority of store bought tilapia comes from China, lettuce from Mexico. Long distance transport means more hands touching it, more refrigeration needed in multiple locations, more packaging, more food safety concerns, and less nutritious food since it has left the field many days or weeks before consuming. Sustainable aquaponics allows us to grow more food in our communities. This means more nutrition since its fresh and much less of all the negatives associated with long distance transportation.
5. Location, Location, Location
Sustainable aquaponic systems can be setup anywhere. In a parking lot, shipping container, abandoned warehouse and more.
It’s all about saving resources and optimizing food output with less environmental impact.