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Fun Intro to Aquaponics (Plants + Fish) Urban Agriculture

Need a bit of folksy humor? With a message worth learning about? Try this Aquaponics music video!

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I'm absolutely fascinated by aquaponics and can't wait to put in my own aquaponics system to grow vegetables, fruits, herbs...and fresh fish, shrimps, etc. Yep... all that in a greenhouse... or even a backyard here in Southern California.

Need a bit of humor? Try this music video about aquaponics. :-)

The green story about aquaponics is that this closed system of food production is nicely snuggled into urban settings (both consumer-size and commercial), it uses approximately 80 to 90% LESS water than conventional agriculture, and it is a closed system, so the fish raised don't enter the natural water systems of the community.

All good stuff!

The challenge is the need for a bit of plumbing skill. And supplemented with sensors and governors, you are now a "farmer" and farmers work seven days a week! A closed system isn't foolproof, and it needs monitoring.

But the upside is a robust, potenially organic food production system for fresh vegetarian food ... and/or added marine protein.

Austrailians have turned to aquaponic food production to cope with their prolonged drought, and it might be a good solution for California to consider as well. I'm considering it. And can't wait to get back to farming ... with a new sensible, urban kind of solution.

Edited by Carolyn Allen
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