With the ominous explosion of the planets population nearing detonation, finding organic food production methods to feed the impending masses is drawing attention from farmers, scientists, and ecologists alike. Some of the more interesting ideas to date has been hydroponics and aquaculture that can produce viable nutrients to the human food demand.
As I’ve noted on a number of occasions, I totally think that aquaponics – or growing fish and food plants in a symbiotic relationship – makes a ton of sense in terms of concentrated, sustainable food production. But unlike many other fans of the concept, I’m not particularly confident in my abilities to take easily available materials and build my own aquaponics system. I’m not the only one who feels a bit intimidated by DIY plans, though, as a number of entrepreneurs have developed “plug-n-play” home aquaponics technology. The latest entry into the field: Andrew de Melo and his Blue Green Box.
What makes this concept different from, say, Back to the Roots’ product (which we’ve also featured)? In a word, space: the Blue Green Box is designed to fit a 10-gallon aquarium, so 1) the fish have more room (and de Melo claims this creates a much more humane living space for them), and 2) there’s a bigger grow bed, so you can go beyond herbs (de Melo claims he’s grown a 7-foot-tall tomato plant in one of his prototypes).
Now, of course, since the Blue Green Box works with a separate aquarium, there’s a little assembly involved… but I think even I can handle it – take a look:
Like other home aquaponics entrepreneurs, Andrew’s gone to Kickstarter to raise start-up funding for production of the Blue Green Box. Unlike most others, though, he’s keeping his costs way down: he only needs $5000 to get going. He’s raised just over half of that… but only has a week left to raise the final $2300. If you like the concept (which he spells out in great detail on the project page), consider kicking a few bucks his way… or buying a custom Blue Green Box for a $300 donation. Hurry, though: there’s only a week left in the campaign.
So, those of you with aquaponics experience and/or engineering background: what do you think? Is this a viable plug-n-play alternative? Another Small Aquaponics System for the Not So Handy: The Blue Green Box.
The ancient Aztecs had the same problem when their overpopulated habitat became strained and they developed the system of aquaponics. The genius is that it combines the benefits of both the above new ideas into one super system that allows 2 different food sources to benefit each other. People are also the beneficiary by having abundant clean organic food! Add modern technology to the mix and it appears that the problem of world hunger may be a thing of the past.