Aquaponics is the integration of horticulture with fish culture in a closed system. Compared to traditional farming methods, it uses 2% of the water, 5-10% of the electricity and 1/8th of the land space. It is therefore considered to be the most sustainable system of food production in the world.
Systems can range in size from a few herbs growing over top of a fish tank to an industrial warehouse. One of the wonderful things about aquaponics is that a system can built anywhere where there is a shortage of food, water or space, such as remote Northern regions or sub-Saharan Africa. Even in our region of Muskoka, where we have a short growing season and rely on outside sources for our food supply, aquaponics can benefit communities by providing healthy, organic food all year long.
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