A great article about the future of aquaponics
“The Hootie”, an indoor aquaponics system by Anacostia Aquaponics named after my cat. Its just getting started with some young plants and a few small goldfish.
We are making progress on our new aquaponics system at JO Wilson elementary school in Northeast DC. Hopefully we will be ready to start some fish and plants in a few weeks!
Today Anacostia Aquaponics Director Brian Filipowich attended the 2016 Ecological Economics conference with two major questions:
ONE — How do we quantify the benefits of Aquaponics; and TWO — How do we monetize the benefits of aquaponics?
Good stuff so far, more to learn, more to do….
DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Council Member Mary Cheh are working to make positive changes to the Urban Farming and Food Security Act of 2014.
Two main provisions of the Act are to identify DC-owned vacant properties to convert them into farms; and also to provide landowners with tax incentives to lease vacant land to farmers and gardeners throughout the city. But unfortunately, although passed into law these provisions haven’t gone into effect because they are stuck in regulatory limbo. Hopefully Chairman Mendelson and Council Member Cheh are successful in their efforts to address these issues.
Hi Aquaponic friends. FYI the 2016 Aquaponics Association conference is November 11-13 in Austin TX this year. The theme is “Going Mainstream” as the aquaponic industry continues to take root and aquaponic systems become a common way to sustainably produce food across our nation. Here is the link for registration: http://www.aquaponicsassociation-event.org/
We hope to see you there!
Here’s a great article about some early success of three aquaponic farms in Brooklyn, NY. Washington DC is next!
There’s lots of resources at this link, check it out!
Nestle – the world’s largest food company – recently found that if everyone on the planet ate the average american meat-heavy diet, then the world would have run out of fresh water 15 years ago. The report also found that if we continue on the current water consumption trend, then one-third of the world will encounter fresh water scarcity by 2025. See the article in the link, below.
Aquaponics uses LESS THAN 10% of the water as traditional soil farming for the same output.
The USDA estimated that in 2010, 31 percent—or 133 billion pounds—of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply at the retail and consumer levels went uneaten. The estimated value of this food loss was $161.6 billion using retail prices. The calories associated with food loss are estimated at 141 trillion, or 1,249 calories per person per day.
There’s a good chance if we grow our own local food that we will waste less food. Unlike traditional soil agriculture, aquaponics can produce significant quantities of fresh fruits, vegetables, and fish in urban environments, allowing us city dwellers meaningful access to local food. You know what they say, “the shorter the supply-chain, the less room for food waste”!