Aquaponics and Food Waste

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”!

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