With an estimated 2500 backyard and classroom based aquaponic systems in the US, it is safe to say that the interest in this technology is growing very rapidly. Tagged the farming system of the future….as it is easy on the environment, does not require loads of space in the backyard, and produces pure organic vegetables and seafood. Aquaponics also has the potential to be commercially viable making it economically popular among entrepreneurs looking to supply restaurants and farmer’s markets with wholesome veggies and different fish products.
During Alltech’s symposium “Glimpse 2020” held in Kentucky, USA, many topics were discussed including aquaculture technology. Among the many promising technologies presented in the Farming the Sea sessions was aquaponics, a system that intergrates hydroponic plant production with recirculating fish culture systems.
Charlie Shultz from Kentucky State University discussed the explosion of interest in aquaponics and what that technology holds for the future. Over the past decade much of the aquaponics movement has been focused on subsistence-level systems. In the US there are an estimated 1,000 – 1,500 backyard systems, in addition to roughly 1,000 school-based systems. These numbers are increasing, as are the number of university research programmes, short courses, and publications dedicated to the topic.
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The fact that it can provide subsistence farming in almost any environment makes it popular in poorer climates around the globe.