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Feeding a growing population requires an innovative approach to food systems

Why do we need a different approach?

Conventional agriculture damages the environment in many ways, depleting resources and posing health risks to humans and wildlife alike.

 A Better Way To Grow

 Aquaponics allows us to grow produce with 90% less land and water while eliminating pollution from agricultural runoff.

The Issues

Reducing Habitat Destruction

We focus on sustainable agriculture because habitat loss is the main driver of species extinction. Agriculture occupies over 30% of all available land on Earth, destroying countless landscapes upon which species depend.

Eliminating Chemical Pollution & Pesticides

Without having to rely on harmful chemicals and pesticides in agriculture, we can grow safer, healthier food and prevent further deterioration of our lakes, streams, and watersheds.

Feeding a Growing Population

Rapidly growing populations and rising food insecurity call for a transition to more efficient methods of food production. We can safeguard our natural resources and improve community health by providing people with the means to grow nutrient-dense produce while using less land and water.

Our Solutions

Aquaponics in Action

Aquaponics is a sustainable method of food production combining aquaculture (raising aquatic animals) and hydroponics (cultivating plants in water with added nutrients). The synergy between plants, fish, and bacteria in aquaponics results in a 90% reduction in the amount of water and land space needed to grow an equivalent amount of produce in conventional soil-based agriculture.

In aquaponics, waste produced by fish is converted by bacteria into nitrate, the most accessible form of nitrogen for the plants. The plants in the system consume these nitrates, resulting in rapid growth and purified water for the fish. The closed-loop nature of aquaponics means that water and nutrients recirculate completely within the system, preventing runoff.

Through widespread adoption of sustainable agricultural methods like aquaponics, we have the opportunity to feed more people, prevent pollution, and reduce land and water use.

Smarter Farming at the Local Level

90%

Less Water Used

90%

Less Land Used

25%

Faster Plant Growth

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