Aquaponic and Hydroponic Organic Coalition

Click here for more info and the signup form for the Aquaponic and Hydroponic Organic Coalition: http://aquaponicsassociation.org/organic-coalition/

The National Organic Standards Board is considering revoking aquaponic and hydroponic organic eligibility.

We feel strongly that AP/HP – if practiced accordingly – embody the spirit of organic that consumers expect when they see the organic label: 1) AP/HP are highly sustainable and employ nutrient recycling; 2) AP/HP do not need synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or antibiotics; and 3) A large body of research shows that the roots of hydroponic plants contain the same quantity and diversity of root bacteria as soil plants, which is central to organic’s “soil-plant ecology”. And, finally, if we’re going to make necessary changes to our food system we have to retain incentives for new sustainable growing methods, rather than taking away incentives — banning AP/HP would be a step in the wrong direction.

TWO questions for the 2016 Ecological Economics Conference

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….

 

Aquaponics Association Conference in Austin, TX in November

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!

What is a “Food System”?

This is good definition of the “food system”, adapted from the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food. (sounds fancy). Basically the food system is everything you can possibly think of that has to do with putting food on your plate. The food system is:

  • all those activities involving the production, processing, transport, consumption, and cleanup of food;
  • the governance and economics of food production, its sustainability, the degree to which we waste food, and how food production affects the natural environment;
  • how food affects health and well-being, including nutrition, obesity and food safety;
  • food access, quality, and education in areas with poverty; and
  • the history, cultural, and social aspect of food.

Why is this important? Stay tuned……..