What’s old is new.
Just like in traditional agriculture where farmers use manure (cow waste) to fertilize their crops, aquaponics also makes use of manure to fertilize plants. Manure used is from fish waste, since crops in an aquaponics system are only grown on water.
Tribes like the Aztecs were cultivating crops on water with fish underneath. This manner of cultivation has recently benefitted from innovations and upgrades associated with our advanced society; and, it is only in the 21st century that this method was referred to as aquaponics.
The benefits of aquaponics
First, aquaponics uses zero pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. Eating clean and pure food is a must nowadays knowing that by 2050, 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men could be diagnosed with cancer. Indeed, research has shown that synthetic pesticides are directly linked as a cause of cancer and making a healthy eating choice today is essential.
Second, aquaponics uses 90% less water than traditional agriculture. This can be further improved when making use of rainwater harvesting systems.
Lastly, in today’s society space is at a premium. In areas of limited space for people to grow their own food, aquaponics can be implemented on rooftops which in most cases are under-utilized spaces. COVID-19 has given us a window into the benefits of self-sufficiency which can be properly addressed by aquaponics solutions.
While not necessarily a benefit, we’ve also seen the young have fun growing crops, something that is masked today with the facilities offered by supermarkets.
How to get involved
Not sure whether aquaponics is for you? Why not attend one of our courses. If you still don’t want to try it, at least you would have learnt something about a new branch of agriculture – who knows when that might be useful? After all, learning about eating pure can only be of benefit.