Aquaponics is an early method of agriculture that is now being used as a potential solution to modern day food access issues. Aquaponics is unique because it is both an agricultural system and aquaculture. Waste produced from the fish is used as the nutrient source to grow plants hydroponically. The plants and the nitrogen-fixing bacteria that grow in the root system, remove the excess ammonia from the water by converting it to nitrates, a form of nitrogen the plants can absorb. Clean water is then returned to the fish. The naturally occurring symbiotic relationship between plant and fish has been used for centuries, from floating crop islands used by the Aztecs to rice paddies in China. Aquaponics is a nearly closed-looped agricultural system that requires significantly less water use, no fertilizers, and a fraction of the land required by conventional large-scale agriculture! We are proud to be apart of the modern aquaponics movement, promoting organic sustainable urban agriculture that provides both fresh vegetables and seafood in an area that would typically not be able to support such production.
Check out this National Geographic article that goes more in depth on the benefits of aquaponics in urban areas and mentions our very own Dr. Losordo: