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Below are my personal thoughts about Aquaponics to go along with this weeks aquarium report.
Written by Thomas Brown
Why is Aquaponics a solution to some of the worlds problems? Any 6th grade mathematician will tell you in order to find the answer for x + y + z you first need to determine the values for x, y, and z. Once we've identified the values for this complicated equation I believe the solution for this problem will be Aquaponics.
According to the World Food Programme.
Hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. 842 million people in the world do not have enough to eat. This number has fallen by 17 percent since 1990
America and other countries are too dependent on oil. The worlds oil supply is not limitless so why rely so heavily on it?
Growing our own foods is a step in the right direction.
Growing plants to be harvested is just one part of this equation!
We still use harmful chemicals in an attempt to keep our farms safe
Not to mention the chemicals we use to keep the water clean.
We have identified the problems for our equation. X (World Hunger), Y (Limited resources), and Z (Wasteful AND Harmful farming practicing).
The simple fact is that our food no longer needs to be grown in soil, protected by harmful chemicals or grown with oil! Aquaponics is a clear solution to address many issues of water and food shortages all over the world and we hope that our film can help spread that message.
The World Food Programme calculates that US$3.2 billion is needed per year to reach all 66 million hungry school-age children. This film will ask an important question. Can Aquaponics be a more cost effective form of modern agricultural technique since it doesn't reply on oil?
Aquaponics can help improve our environment and enhance the world’s most valuable resources. It is our goal to use this film to promote this message of sustainability.
So what is Aquaponics?
Aquaponics is a form of agriculture where plants are grown not in soil but in a wet soil (Water). The plants feed off of the nutrients from fish waste. Two things happen here. First, the plants clean the water thus keeping the fish healthy. Secondly, The plants grow with minimum impact on mother earth and can be harvested (for us to eat of course).
With Aquaponics we don’t need pesticides in our vegetables, or antibiotics and hormones in our fish!
Aquaponics can help improve our environment and protect the world’s most valuable resources. We feel obligated to promote the message that Aquaponics is a form of agriculture that is more than sustainable its renewable. I’ve identified the problems and solutions to our equation so what is the next step? People need to know that a solution is present, how it works, and if it is practical before they can utilize it.
With aquaponics we can help spark an agricultural revolution.