What is Aquaponics?

It's very simple: Aquaponics is an eco-system that provides nutriments to plants with the help of mineralized water provided by the fertilization of fish - when the water reaches the plants, it returns to feed the fish. Aquaponics creates a natural microbiome ecosystem

 For some this answer is satisfying with its simplicity, but to others there are many more questions that follows it. Here are few questions & answers that we believe are going to be helpful to better understand Aquaponics.


How is Aquaponics organic? 

Aquaponics creates a microbiome ecosystem that allows the making of natural microbes which then helps the nutrient absorption and disease resistance in our system with the help of the recirculation of the mineralized water.

 Any use of fertilization or pesticides could not only harm the system itself but reduce the number of healthy microbes that provides food for both the fish and greens. The microbiome environment Aquaponics offers is considered organic due to its natural ecosystem and lack of possible diseases found in soil.


How is Aquaponics sustainable to the environment? 

Aquaponics is considered sustainable to the environment for many reasons including:

  • We recycle up to 90% of our water – 10% is due to evaporation and plant consumption.

  • The lack of fertilizers and chemicals provides a safer environment for organic compost. 

  • All produce is free of pesticides and herbicides.

  • Our fishes are free of growth hormones and antibiotics.

  • Produces both a protein and a vegetable crop in a natural stress-free environment.

  • Eliminates soil affected by soil borne diseases which could transfer to the produce in growth.

  • An aquaponics greenhouse can grow about 6-8 times more food per acre compared to traditional agriculture.


How is using a cold-blooded animal in the Aquaponics system a better outcome than warm-blooded animals? 

Aquaponics uses a cold-blooded fish such as the Nile Tilapia as a fertilizer for the plants which provides the nutrients to convert faster than warm-blooded animal fertilizer. Fish; if nursed in a safe and clean environment, does not contain any growth hormones, no mercury or antibiotics and being cold-blooded; free from diseases such as E. coli.


How is Aquaponics changing the overall aspect of agriculture?

Aquaponics is changing the overall aspect of agriculture due to it’s organic, sustainable and innovative outcome. Aquaponics provides the possibility to avoid harsh traditional farming methods by focusing on being more biological and environmentally friendly.

Traditional farming needs to somehow supplement their soil overtime which could eventually be harmful for the soil and the watershed. It also needs a lot more acres of soil compared to the capacity of produce an aquaponics greenhouse could contain. Traditional farming needs to also deal with outdoor pests, weeding, droughts, excessive water consumption and evaporation, acres of produce loss, expensive machinery and manual labor, etc.

Aquaponics however eliminates the causes that makes traditional farming sometimes a cruel environment to maintain.


How is Aquaponics eliminating soil borne diseases? 

Aquaponics eliminates the possibility of having any soil borne disease that could affect our produce because we do not use any soil.

Soil borne diseases include young seedlings decaying in the soil before making it’s appearance above it, plant roots affected by fungi which interferes with the water supply and nutriments consumption, unsegmented worms which also invades the roots and many more diseases that can allow typically large amount of losses and lack of sustainability for the environment.

 

What are the types of produce you can grow in an Aquaponics system? 

Aquaponics can grow almost every type of produce in its system, such as:

  • Most common: Leafy Greens – Many types of salads & Herbs

  • Peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, beets, radishes, carrots, green onions, etc.

  • Flowers and edible flowers

  • Strawberries and even tropical fruits such as bananas, limes, oranges, mangoes.

 

How much water is being used in the Aquaponics system compared to a traditional agriculture farm? 

Aquaponics holds a large amount of water in order to maintain the space needed for the produce to grow in specific systems and greenhouses, but due to it’s ability to re-use the water in a recycled system, the amount of water used and lost due to evaporation and plant consumption is not comparable to the amount of water needed to maintain acres and acres of crops in a traditional farm. 

Traditional farming that requires a significant amount of spraying water can use 40-200 litres of water during each application and loose 60% due to evaporation on extreme hot summer days. Rain can help alleviate the amount needed of application for an outdoor garden but allows the possibility of root suffocation and the consumption of air pollution and chemicals.


How much energy in lighting does one aquaponics farm use compared to the natural sunlight used to sustain a traditional agriculture farm? 

Aquaponics is necessary to grow indoors because of the required environment it needs to create a natural ecosystem. In terms of growing indoor, the necessary costs of lighting are controlled with the possibility of using the right tools such as using a greenhouse made from Polycarbonate which allows the natural sunlight to provide heat and photosynthesis for the plants, utilization of LED lighting and timer automation.

There are many ways to obtain a sustainable environment by making small changes to obtain environmentally friendly results. Even though traditional outdoor farming does not require any energy costs, the sustainability Aquaponics offers for the environment in other departments is much greater than the capabilities traditional farming can obtain, due to many factors listed below. 


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Aquaponics vs. Veganism

Is Aquaponics Vegan?

There are many factors that can makes us Vegan to some and not Vegan to others. Here's why:

  • An activist Vegan may argue that Aquaponics is not vegan because an animal is being used in the process, but this is where we can argue that we simply use the dead part of the fish; it's excrements only, to grow our greens and nowhere do we ever use the actual live part of the fish to grow with.

  • We do believe that we provide a safe and naturally controlled environment for the fish to avoid the exploitation of the animal and benefit only from a natural part of the cycle of life in order to provide with a more innovative, ecological and organic way of growing greens. 

  • Our fish are reproducing and even though it has been proven to be almost impossible for fish in captivity to be reproducing without it being in it's natural habitat, we believe to have provided them with an environment that pleases them to the extend of reproducing and without a trace of distress in our care.

  • Our fish are herbivores and not carnivores which increases the benefits of celebrating the natural plant cycle of our produce growth with the help of our fish being fed by a plant based diet which also benefits towards a vegan diet.

  • Aquaponics plays a huge part in conserving water. We recycle up to 90% of our water which is filled continuously with the fish's natural minerals and when filtered through the plants, the plants then provide natural minerals for the fish. Where is the 10% of water you ask? We only loose around 10% of our water through evaporation and natural plant consumption, which is less than any other farming system who are unable to recycle their water at all. 

  • We are 100% pesticide, hormones and chemical free because of the damage it could cause to our fish and system itself, even if we tried to incorporate the dangers of these chemicals, we would be unable to provide a clean and natural environment for our fish which would then cause them to become sick or even die and our greens would never flourish to it's full potential. 

  • We have to add that most green gardens are grown with the use of water that has either touched with air pollution or chemicals somehow, earth has been fertilized with some kind of animal excrement or with algae which has been grown with some kind of herbivore or carnivore fish; and so we have to mention that being 100% vegan would mean excessive research on not the only the plant growth system itself but deeper into the water's and earth's contamination which would definitely lack the absolute certainty that the greens are idealistically to a Vegan's standard of perfection.

We do believe that we provide a sustainable environment for our community, ecological, safe, clean and organic but however we do benefit at some degree from the use of our fish heroes who help us grow greener and cleaner greens for our consumers, therefore we do not apologize for our beliefs that we can provide for a vegan diet but however based on further research, the argument will always be debated through a Vegans perspective as to how intensive their beliefs are towards using fish as a type of exploitation or simply as a natural process. 


Thank you for taking the time to read our intensive research on Aquaponics vs. Veganism. We hope this will help clear up a few grey areas in your search for the perfect answer. 

Miner Aqua Green Foods

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