The world population has recently reached the six billion mark, with the United Nation’s projections indicating nine billion by the year 2050. These figures represent a global crisis for food and water supplies. Former Senator Paul Simons of Illinois said, "Within a few years, a water crisis of catastrophic proportions will explode upon us unless aroused citizens demand of their leadership actions reflecting vision, understanding and courage."
With the demand for water doubling every 21 years and food supplies expanding more quickly than they are able to be replenished, governments are searching for alternative solutions. One such solution is that of aquaponics.
Aquaponics may not be the answer to all of our future food supply and environmental issues. Grains and root crops, for example, will probably always be most efficiently grown in the soil. But for above ground, vegetative crops and fish protein, there simply isn’t a better growing technique on, and for, the planet than Aquaponics.
1) In aquaponics there is a significant reduction in the usage of water(compared to traditional soil methods of growing plants) as all water is recycled through the system and it is not necessary to discard or change any water (under normal conditions).
2) The Growth of plants is significantly faster then traditional methods using soil.
3) There is no need to use artificial fertilizer to feed the plants.
4) There is no need to dispose of fish waste or provide an artificial filtration system.
5) Significant reduction in land is required to grow the same crops as traditional soil methods.
6) Aquaponics grown vegetables are bigger and healthier then when grown in soil.
7) It's easier to setup for year round use compared to traditional gardening methods as grow beds are raised off the ground and growing area is compact allowing for economical "green house" type methods to be employed.
In aquaponics crops can be grown up to 80% closer then when grown in soil.
9) Its organic!
10) Reduced damage from pests and disease because plants are stronger and healthier.
11) No weeding or bending down on the ground required.
12) if you are not comfortable with your excess fish going on someone else’s table than the fish in an aquaponics system don’t need to be a food breed, they can be something like gold fish, which you can get quite a bit of money for if you do it right, I do both.