Why we need aquaponics is a
serious question, indeed. Many countries in the world suffer from
hunger … the land may not be fertile or they may not have enough of it ... sometimes it is simply a lack of
education. In any event, aquaponics may turn out to be the single
most important factor in feeding the world.
In reality, right here in the United States, many people
worry about our food sources. Think about all the genetically modified plants and vegetables … not to mention
the quality of the soil and the purity of the water used to grow the “store” bought produce that we line up to
buy. This doesn’t even scratch the surface when you start to think
about our source of fresh fish! Can you say BP oil
Aquqponics is an
interesting mix of fish … either edible, like tilapia or ornamental like koi … and lush plants to eat or just to
enjoy as a cutting garden.
Imagine now, you could walk right into your very own
backyard and harvest nutrient rich vegetables to feed your family and then catch a healthy tilapia that you have
raised right from your pond. How good would it make you feel to
provide your family’s food for the day?
Aquaponics is the blissful marriage of fish farming,
called aquaculture and Hydroponics, the art of growing plants and vegetables without soil. In reality, it is a symbiotic relationship … the plants provide Oxygen and use
up Carbon dioxide. All
fish make wastes including CO2 which the plants will eventually use up as fertilizer
Water quality is also a key issue in aquaponics and
quality water insures the growth of healthy fish and plants. In
addition, there are many factors that go together to create the perfect water environment. These include the
proper pH, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, Bacteria levels, Temperature, Oxygen levels and Alkalinity. An imbalance
of any one of these factors can cause the water quality to drop to harmful conditions for the fish and/or the
plants and your garden will not succeed.
Any farmer knows there is a time to plant and a time to
harvest. That time is dictated by the seasons. But we’re talking about feeding your family year round regardless
of the time of year. So unless you live in a season-less, tropical climate, you need to place your food-growing
system in a protected environment where you control the conditions.
Aquaponics has a low start up and operating cost.
Aquaponic systems can be made from low cost simple materials and equipment. It is also very scalable, making it
easy to start small and add on to the system later. You can buy a cheap piece of land and get set up with an
aquaponics garden for a fraction of what it may cost to buy the fertile land that would only grow a fraction of
the food in the same amount of space.
If there was ever a time in history to begin grow your own
food … the time is NOW. With all the issues and financial problems in the world … are food shortages a
possibility? Aquaponics is the answer.