Aquaponics and how it can help save water and our food supply - Our Daily Green

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Aquaponics and how it can help save water and our food supply

As news of the California drought spreads, our national food supply will be effected. Residential water bans sound like a solution, in fact, in California, urban areas only use ~10% of water while 80% of water in CA is used for agriculture. In other words, the real difference will be made when we think about how we grow our food if we're serious about water conservation and more efficient food production. This is an education problem. We are so disconnected from nature and our food.

Aquaponics is a way to grow food, raise fish and filter water in almost any weather as long as there is light. It also saves 90% or more of the water used, eliminate the 1 billion pounds of pesticides and fertilizers yet double their productivity in half the amount of space. It’s where fish is raised in the same body of water as vegetables. Unlike hydroponics, the fish produce fertilizer for the plants and the plants act as filters for the fish to create a recycling ecosystem. It’s simple, the Mayans and Chinese have been using aquaponics for thousands of years but why has aquaponics disappeared especially when we need it most? We surveyed 500 people in San Diego and UCSD including professors and students. Unfortunately, only 39 knew what aquaponics is and out of the 39, only 6 could explain the benefits of aquaponics.

Aqua Design Innovations’s goal is to bring aquaponics back to as many people as possible. Our first product, the EcoQube, is a desktop ecosystem using mint and basil to filter aquarium water. It will turn any body of water into a sustainable hydroponics system and any aquaculture system into a recycling aquaponics system producing both protein and vegetation. Packaging aquaponics in the form of an aquarium automatically makes it incredibly accessible to diverse markets and gives this revolutionary concept incredible reach.

Current aquarium filters use sponges and activated carbon to filter aquarium water. Activated carbon requires user to replace it every 2 weeks costing up to $200 in changing filtration material every year. Most aquarium keepers do not do this resulting in over 80% of ornamental fish to die within first year of purchase. The aquaponics filter is a filter that uses modern technology like Ultra Violet LED sterilization, NASA inspired plant growth medium and key patent pending mechanical features to optimize for plant and root growth. The faster the plants grow and the more mature the filter is, the better the filtration becomes. Plants do not need to be replaced for at least one year leading to user success.

EcoQube is a concept demonstration of aquaponics, a better way of growing food. Packaging aquaponics in the form of a beautiful aquarium automatically makes it incredibly accessible to diverse markets and gives this revolutionary concept incredible reach. It's a great way to study the potential at home, but the hope is that this will revolutionize how we think about growing food on a much larger scale.

ADI has made the EcoQube extremely attractive and is a perfect decoration for any office or home.

The EcoQube C is available for $49 TODAY! (regular price is $79!)

Thank you to ADI for sharing this information with Our Daily Green. We receive no compensation other than the joy of knowing we're encouraging a new way to think about farming. 


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