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Highest Level Organics Organics knows that Aquaponics is absolutely the answer for how we can grow organic vegetables now and in the future. Aquaponics produces both fish and organic vegetables in a symbiotic relationship. It’s the farming of the future! Aquaponic came out of hydroponics which manages chemical inputs and fertilizers.
The natural ecosystem of an aquaponics system makes aquaponics easier to manage, and we can also grow more produce compared to produce grown conventionally in the ground. Aquaponic vegetables usually grow significantly faster at three to four times the density, without ever depleting the nutrients. Those that grow vegetables using traditinal soil methods deplete the nutrients with every planting and farmers struggle to replace them with synthetic fertilizers.
One of the maim reasons why organic produce costs more in the market is because we use all the same energy to produce on an Organic farm as on a traditional farm. “So, let’s talk about how green aquaponics is.” Aquaponics energy usage is from 70% to 92% less than a conventional or organic farm which use fuel and/or petrochemical-intensive fertilizers. All energy used is electrical, so alternate energy systems such as solar, wind, and hydroelectric can be used to power an aquaponic farm 100%. Also consider how labor intensive traditional farming is. The only inputs to an aquaponic system is electricity, fish food, seeds, and potting media.
One of the biggest costs in an aquaculture operation is filtering the water free of ammonia, nitrite and nitrate accumulations. The benefits seem to go on and on. For some reason, food grown using aquaponic’s tastes better than conventionally or hydroponically grown food. Perhaps it is the simplicity and natural way it works. With no chemicals to alter or mask the vegetable’s true taste, it simply tastes better. It also lasts longer! And we haven’t even touched on the fact that aquaponics not only grows veggies and fruit. The fish are great tasting and you can consume them or sell them. It is also important to know that the fish are hormone and antibiotics free. When considering the business implications we consider aquaponics as a way of sustaining a healthier life style. Aquaponics can be the answer for how we grow our food in the future.