Mrs. Green talks Aquaponics with Stéphane from Local Roots Aquaponics.
Aquaponics is an extremely efficient and productive method of food production that combines aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (growing plants in water) in a contained and balanced ecosystem. In an aquaponic system, the ammonia generated by fish is naturally converted into nitrates that are used by plants for vigorous growth. The plants filter the water for the fish, and the cycle repeats.
Modern aquaponic systems require just 10% the amount of water used in traditional farming (some just 2%!). This makes aquaponics particularly appealing in arid regions where water conservation is a priority. Additionally, aquaponic growers can plant twice as densely and our plants often grow twice as fast compared to traditional farming, resulting in significantly more food than we could otherwise produce in a year on a given plot of land. And the land does not need to be arable!
The benefits? Water conservation and food security, among others.