One of the cool things about running a practical aquaponics blog is the fact I get to report on stories like this one that hit the PR Web Newswire last month.
Technology and nature in harmony seems to have hit a home run with a home aquaponics farming system that can provide food for a single family unit. Endless Food Systems has introduced a unit that could revolutionize food procuring as we know it. Not only can we raise plants without soil, but also enough fish in our basement or backyard to feed us.This is accomplished by the plants supporting the fish with nutrients and the fish returning the favor.
The company, based in Phoenix, offers systems that range from the size of a typical home entertainment center to the floor space of a small garage. They are compact and highly efficient, with food yields that increase dramatically with the size of the system. Endless Food Systems’ kits come with everything a user needs to get started (Just add water & fish).
“An aquaponics farming system is a bottomless food source that can drastically reduce or eliminate your need to purchase food from grocery stores — especially artificial or genetically modified foods,” said Chad Hudspeth, President of Endless Food Systems. “We are very pleased to offer our all-in-one aquaponics kit to the public. With this system, you can save money on your monthly grocery bill, eat healthier and protect yourself and your family from any potential food shortages in the future.”
Aquaponics systems function by establishing a small-scale symbiotic ecosystem that requires very little maintenance and minimal energy to sustain. In this ecosystem, water is cycled between a fish tank and vegetable grow beds. The fish produce waste in the form of ammonia, which is then pumped into the growing beds where bacteria process it into a usable, nitrogen-rich medium for growing vegetables. The vegetables leech the nitrogen out of the water as they grow in a process that can be repeated indefinitely.
The smallest of the units offered by Endless Food Systems, at six-by-six feet, is capable of providing supplemental nutrition for families and reducing dependence on store-bought foods, while an eight-foot by eight-foot unit can meet the total nutritional requirements of a single individual. The larger systems, measuring 12-by-16 feet, have the potential to sustainably feed an entire family of four. To read the rest of Endless Food Systems Launches New Line of Home Aquaponics Systems click here.
Aquaponics has the ability to grow exponentially more, faster, with less water than what occurs in nature.