What Are The Benefits of Aquaponics?

What Are The Benefits of Aquaponics?

Benefits of Aquaponics

There are so many different reasons why you should consider aquaponics beyond the simple “cool” factor. It’s much more efficient, for one. An aquaponic system can grow up to 6 times more per square foot than a traditional soil-based growing method. It also uses about 90% less water than growing both fish and plants separately or in a soil based system where water will be lost through the ground. This means it’s also a great system for an area where water is scarce or where you may have frequent hose bans.

By eliminating fertilizer products and lowering your water consumption you’re also lowering your costs. Most fertilizers cost a fortune, but if you’re growing hydroponically you really don’t have a choice as there is no convenient way to make your own. Soil gardening might have easy composting but you’re still paying for the water loss. But what about the cost of heating the fish and feeding the fish?

Most aquaponics systems can be grown indoors or even underground so you can grow year round no matter what the temperature outside is. Even with grow lights and heating aquaponics methods still require less energy than conventional methods. Not to mention that your fish will gladly eat whatever suits them, so you can take your system one step further and use the food scrapings you would naturally compost for a wormery to produce worms which make an ideal fish food.

By taking this final step, you’re making your system environmentally friendly since you’re producing less waste with your gardening. Aside from less waste, you’re also going to have less chance of environmental pollution or a need for chemical products. Most chemical products produce some form of environmental pollution, the run-off from conventional farms is a constant problem for local natural ecosystems. Pesticides, fertilizers, insecticides, and worse are often toxic for animals and plants that don’t have anything to do with the crop, as well as the intended victims. This collateral damage is often waived away as a necessity. Rivers and lakes suffer pollution unnecessarily in the name of food.

Due to the fish in an aquaponic system you cannot use any chemicals on your plants because it will affect them too. This means you’re producing a much better product which is naturally organic. In fact, this is better than organic because many organic products are mislabeled or the farms that have certification only loosely follow guidelines once they get it. Which leads to another point. You know what is in your food because you planted it!

Growing food at home is popular, it eliminates the markup from stores and comes from a trustworthy source – you. You know what is in your food because you’ve watched it grow. There’s no chance of strange GMO hybrids, weird waxy coatings, or pesticide residue. You’re also helping the environment by cutting out transport costs. Many foods come from thousands of miles away before they reach your local store. This creates an immense carbon footprint to give you convenience. But what could be more convenient than simply walking over to your own farm and picking the produce? This process can actually take weeks and also means that many products are subjected to unnatural methods to keep them ripe or ripen them quickly. Tomatoes are often picked green then cycled with ethylene oxide gas to “ripen” them. This changes the color but leaves a flavorless product that doesn’t even compare to a real ripe tomato. You know your food is fresh and ripe because you’ve watched it grow and picked it yourself.

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