So, what exactly is Aquaponics farming: this is a farming practice that has been used for over 3,000 years by many ancient civilizations. It uses a closed loop system where fish create waste in the form of ammonia and other soluble vitamins, minerals and amino acids, that waste is broken down by beneficial nitrifying bacteria to nitrite and nitrate which can then be utilized as a nitrogen source for plants. The plants then absorb these nutrients and act as a filter to clean the water which is then recirculated back to the fish. And this cycle continues as long as the system stays in balance.
Some of the benefits of Aquaponics are the rapid plant growth rates which have been shown to be ~30% faster than conventional plants grown in soil. It is also a practice that uses ~90% less water than conventional farming. And on top of that – indoor operations can use a high rotation program that allows for up to 28 crop rotations per year on the main beds. This is achieved by more time being spent in seedling and transplant areas which require a fraction of the room when compared to the main growing space. This means the crop production per square foot can be >300% higher with Aquaponics farming when compared to conventional farming. Oh yah, and another benefit, its completely organic by design. Chemicals used in conventional farming cannot be used in Aquaponics because it will kill the fish.
The solution created by the combination of the beneficial fish and bacteria create a readily absorb-able nutrient source. This means our produce is packed with all the good stuff nature intended. This is important as recent studies have shown significant depletion (>25%) of protein, vitamins and minerals in conventional farmed produce over the past 30 yrs.