Credit: Geoffrey Dudgeon (Flickr)
Credit: Geoffrey Dudgeon (Flickr)

Are you asking yourself: “Why aquaponics?”

Well, here’s why! Aquaponics is…

1. 100% Organic

It is impossible for an aquaponics system to NOT be organic. Because of the re-circulating aquaculture, (the water from the plants is then pumped back into the fish), if chemical sprays have been used on the plants, the fish will die. As a result the crops and fish are completely pesticide and toxin-free. Even regular “organic” farmers are allowed to use certain permitted pesticides, but these would also kill our fish. SO aquaponics produce is better than organic! This is the most honest source of farming there is.

2. A Safe Food

Your pesticide, chemical, hormone and anti-biotic free crops and fish are a great source of healthy food for your family and community!

3. Sustainable

if you’ve made it to our website, you are probably already aware of how much trouble traditional farming is in. Did you know it is believed that an Indian farmer commits suicide every 30 minutes? Depleted and infertile soils combined with irregular weather means crops are often ruined, and the farmer makes no money. Aquaponics systems use no soil, needs only 10% of the water that traditional farming requires, and can produce a large amount of crops in a very small space (you can even have aquaponics systems in urban environments). This is very good news for the farmer.

4. Locally Grown

Food should be locally grown, don’t you think? Our mission is to implement as many aquaponics systems across India as possible… this means food doesn’t have to be carted around too much and can be enjoyed by local families and restaurants. This also makes it more environmentally friendly.

5. Therapeutic

Don’t think aquaponics can be therapeutic? This lady of ‘Happyponics’ certainly thinks it is! She says: “no matter what is stressing me I can just go out and listen to the water flowing, watch the fish swim, throw them some food, and yes watch the vegetables grow.” Also see this blog post: ‘You know you’re addicted to aquaponic gardening when…’

So, to conclude, “Why Aquaponics?”: Aquaponics is fun, healthy for everyone and above all – get’s results!

Pippa Woodhead
Written by Pippa Woodhead
Being a health-nut, London born Pippa has struggled to adjust to the lack of availability of lettuce and kale since re-locating to India. Previously naive to the extent of the worlds food struggles, she has now become obsessed with sustainability in food production and especially in India where it needs it the most (plus she’s also hoping to get her hands on some kale any day now). When she’s not writing for Aquaponics in India, she is usually found with her head in a book or in the kitchen experimenting with new vegetarian recipes.