Urban farming is getting some attention this week as international publications discuss the future of agriculture and sustainability in the age of climate change and over-population. According to an article recently published by Reuters, aquaponics and small urban farming initiatives are vital to the fight against hunger across the globe. Research by Arizona State University and Google, referenced in the Reuters article, reported that "in developing regions, 'urban agriculture may be critical to survival or a necessary adaptation to changing climate.'"
The article goes on to explain that in addition to tackling these monstrous adversaries against human life, urban farming increases vegetation, reduces the "urban heat island effect," and lowers the risk of flooding during heavy downpours.
"Urban farms could supply almost the entire recommended consumption of vegetables for city dwellers, while cutting food waste and reducing emissions from the transportation of agricultural products," the article states. "Urban agriculture has the potential to save energy equivalent to the use of air conditioners in nearly 9 million United States households, and to produce up to 180 million tonnes of food, they found... With more than 2 million hectares, the U.S. has more urban area available than any other country."
With more than 30 years of experience in the industry, Pentair AES has established itself as a leader in aquaponics. In 2018, the organization is pursuing initiatives that focus on contribution to sustainability efforts, offering efficient products and building new relationships that give urban farming a push in the right direction. In a dynamic collaboration with Urban Organics, a Minnesota-based company working to create sustainable, local food growth in urban areas, Pentair AES provides the equipment know-how.
Urban Organics has converted the former Schmidt’s Brewery building in St. Paul, MN into a fully-functioning urban farm. This commercial-scale 87,000 square foot indoor aquaponics facility is one of the largest commercial aquaponics facilities in the world. This innovative facility utilizes technology from Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems to annually produce 275,000 lbs. of fresh fish and 400,000 lbs. of organically grown produce. Urban Organics initially converted the former Hamm’s Brewery building in St. Paul, MN into a pilot-scale urban farm. This proof-of-concept facility was constructed to help establish the commercial viability of urban aquaponics before the Urban Organics team took on the construction of the much larger Schmidt’s facility. The Hamm’s facility continues to operate as a production-scale urban farm utilizing technology from Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems to provide fresh organic produce and locally-produced fish to the Twin Cities and beyond.
With these efforts, and the progress being accomplished in urban areas across the globe, the future of aquaponics and urban farming is sure to be a success. For more information on Pentair AES aquaponics systems, visit our urban farming page.