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The global need for more and more food has made allowances for some agricultural methods with questionable ethics. One of these is continual deforestation to create arable land. Many forest clearers burn hundreds of acres of rainforest. This not only decreases the Earth’s ability to sequester carbon and accelerates climate change, but it destroys the …

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Aquaponics is a culmination of aquaculture and hydroponics, but what are they individually? Aquaculture Aquaculture is fish farming, and is a system of agriculture dating back thousands of years. 3500 BC in China is when the first farming of the common carp began, and remnants of ancient Egypt in 2500 BC show depictions of tilapia …

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Tilapia are hugely popular in aquaponic systems due to their adaptive and hardy nature. But here are 9 things you probably didn’t know about your new favorite fish: 1. Tilapia fish appear in the Christian Bible in the Gospel of Matthew, when St. Peter caught a fish with a coin in its mouth. As a …

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Aquaponics workshop. Image Credit: Maciej Wojnicki (Flickr)

Maybe aquaponics in the city sounds crazy, but one of the ways aquaponics is truly special is the ability to place a system almost anywhere. Small urban systems are becoming increasingly popular, and if you are a city dweller this is the perfect way to provide food for your family and as well as having …

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Charlie Price @ TEDx Warwick

There is a TED talk for just about anything cool these days, so of course there are some great talks on Aquaponics on TED! The below video is our favorite as the speaker Charlie Price covers the bases in a way that is both informative and easy to understand. Charlie is from Aquaponics UK – …

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Tilapia is a commonly used fish in an aquaponics system – and for good reason. Tilapia are hardy to keep, but also popular as a food so are easy to sell, but also oh-so easy to enjoy yourself. It is firm-fleshed fish, versatile to cook and delicious. It also doesn’t give off a strong fishy …

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Aquaponics tomatoes. Ajinth Kumar (Flickr)

What are the 3 staple aquaponic vegetables that you can grow yourself? Read on, young apprentice! (yep, Star Wars reference)! Tomatoes Tomatoes will do well in an aquaponic system provided you have well stocked fish tanks as they require more nutrients than leafy vegetable such as lettuce. In the initial stages of growth the nutrient …

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United Soyabean Board (Flickr)

Keeping an aquaponic greenhouse is optional, but there are several benefits. – Environmental control – aquaponic greenhouses keep crops warm during winter months – Protection – In case of hail, excess wind or monsoon. – Insect and pest exclusion In short, an aquaponic greenhouse can help you provide the right environment all year round, protecting …

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Aquaponics bok choi. thebittenword.com

“Our bodies are gardens, to which our wills are gardeners,” – William Shakespeare All sorts of plants can be grown in your aquaponics system. We take a look at 3 aquaponic vegetables that do very well in any aquaponics system, plus the health benefits they have. Leafy lettuce Lettuce is often written off as ‘rabbit …

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Aquaponics vegetables

‘Locally grown’ is one of those terms that is bandied around like ‘organic’ without any real explanation of why this is better – for us, for the community and for the environment. If there is a shortage of crops in a given area, food will have to travel. Here’s why this is not ideal: 1. …

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