The Murray Hallam practical aquaponics DVD certainly hit the nail right on the head. More people than ever are relying on aquaponics to grow food for their family.
Inner city blight could be in for an improvement of hope, health, and nutrition. According to experts the technology of aquaponics can provide fresh food in large numbers, in areas that previously had none.These aquaponics farms can be set up in small areas and produce difference making yields quickly.Some of these farms are operational on a large scale in Chicago, New York, and Milwaukee and bringing organic vegetables to the inner cities.
Urban Aquaponic Farms, also called Vertical Farms, are a rapidly growing movement that benefits inner cities in many ways, including improved nutrition. According to radio talk show host and fresh water advocate Sharon Kleyne, the opening in Chicago of “Farmed Here,” the nation’s largest urban vertical farm, on April 2, 2013, underscores the exciting potential of this rapidly expanding technology.
Aquaponic farms, says Kleyne, require one-tenth the fresh water of a conventional farm, produce several crops a year, require very little space and provide badly needed jobs. In many large cities, Kleyne notes, major supermarket chains operate only in the suburbs, making fresh and nutritious foods difficult to obtain for inner city residents. Urban aquaponic farming brings fresh, locally grown, organic produce back to the inner cities.
In addition to Chicago’s 90,000-square-foot Farmed Here facility, inner city vertical farms are operating in Milwaukee, New York City and elsewhere.
Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water listeners were first introduced to aquaponics during an interview with Mark Hasey (February 27, 2012). Hasey is owner of The Farming Fish, an aquaponic vegetable and fish production operation in Rogue River, Oregon.
A form of aquaponics, according to Hasey, was practiced by the ancient Azrtecs. Also, Chinese rice farmers have occasionally introduced carp into their rice paddies to both raise fish and to provide extra nutrition to the rice. In the United States, aquaponic farming was pioneered in the late 1960’s by The Alchemy Institute, an organic farm in Massachusetts, and by Dr. Mark McMurtry at North Carolina State University and Dr. James Rakocy at the University of the Virgin Islands.
According to Hasey, in a typical aquaponic system, fish are raised in rearing tanks, whose fresh water will eventually become toxic to the fish due to the accumulation of excrement and food waste (“effluent’). To filter and recycle the effluent filled water, it is pumped from the fish tanks to the hydroponic beds where plant roots extract the effluent as nutrition. The newly purified fresh water is then returned to the fish tanks. To finish reading Urban Aquaponic Farms Improve Inner City Nutrition Says Sharon Kleyne click here.
What’s really exciting is the fact that in some of the arid lands of the world these farms on a smaller basis are providing real nourishment, real jobs, and real income. Stay tuned to our blog here for any new updates in this area. See you next post.