Aquaponics is energy efficient: It requires up to 1/3 of the energy
other farming systems use.
Aquaponics can have up to 8 to 10 times more vegetable production in
the same amount of time and area than conventional gardens or farms.
Labor can be reduced as much as 40%, while useful byproducts are
created that can be used to farm other crops, trees, soil, water, and
Credit to 'fukuoka_farming'
Greenhouse growers and farmers are taking note of aquaponics for several reasons:
- Hydroponic growers view fish-manured irrigation water as a source of organic fertilizer that enables plants to grow well.
- Fish farmers view hydroponics as a biofiltration method to facilitate intensive recirculating aquaculture.
- Greenhouse growers view aquaponics as a way to introduce organic hydroponic produce into the marketplace, since the only fertility input is fish feed and all of the nutrients pass through a biological process.
- Food-producing greenhouses — yielding two products from one production unit — are naturally appealing for niche marketing and green labeling.
- Aquaponics can enable the production of fresh vegetables and fish protein in arid regions and on water-limited farms, since it is a water re-use system.
- Aquaponics is a working model of sustainable food production wherein plant and animal agriculture are integrated and recycling of nutrients and water filtration are linked.
- In addition to commercial application, aquaponics has become a popular training aid on integrated bio-systems with vocational agriculture programs and high school biology classes.
In addition, i've updated the Aquaponics Extra page's Special Topic: Permaculture.
Permaculture and Aquaponics can combine and focuses truly sustainable closed-loop
systems that provide all the needs for the system with in the system itself.