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Okay, we’ve all dreamed of living in a world where food appears at the press of the button, but what about an entire vegetable and fish farm in your own back garden?
A breakthrough aquaponic unit may be the solution to feeding the increasing global population, while reducing food waste and resource consumption at the same time.
Aquaponics is the farming technique that combines aquaculture (farming of sea creatures such as fish) and hydroponics (growing plants without soil). The system works by using the waste produced by farmed fish or other aquatic creatures to supply the nutrients for plants grown, which in turn purify the water.
The new invention is tipped to provide enough food to sustain up to 8 adults over a year in a cycle of growth and harvest that could technically go on for centuries. Growing the food wouldn't be a full-time occupation, either, with an estimated 1 hour per day required to maintain the system.
The project is exciting for many reasons: getting people involved in their own food production promotes environmental thinking, which is becoming increasingly important under climate change. In addition, the invention has the potential to provide an answer to issues of food scarcity and other challenges going forward.
While the design is still being perfected (for example ensuring that there is a sanitary filter between the raw fish waste and edible plants), it's certainly an incredible look into the future of farming and eating in a warming world.
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