What is the future of agriculture? There is a large network of people to feed and now some limit on resources such as water. How do we continue to grow and improve. I believe the future is automation. I know that would also be the sentiment of many others as well. We can see automation impact the rest of the world in front our eyes. It is the next frontier for agriculture.
I believe that paired with the indoor growing we will see the agricultural revolution. If you look at the desire for locally grown food and growing concerns about the preservatives used in our foods, you can see the shift in thought about agriculture and where food comes from. To get food fresh and close to the source the answer is to leverage Agri-tech and our ability to harness power. You can take what is a very complex logistical problem and turn it into a much more manageable one. Think if each major city had a large or several large greenhouses that could supply food for the whole city. And they did and could grow anything you could ever want? I believe this is possible! The limit is us only.
For those who don’t know Aquaponics is the marriage of what is know as Aquaculture the growing/farming of fish in tanks and hydroponics the cultivation of plants in water. It creates a symbiotic environment because the fish waste is converted into plant food by bacteria. The plants then use that waste and purify the water the fish live in. This creates a beautiful system in which both fish and plants thrive. It gives the grower the ability to have a great protein source and also all the greens and other plants they desire. There are a plethora of ways to do this and I will outline them over the next several weeks. I will also go into the one(s) I plan on using in my operation.
- Aquaponic systems use 1/10 the water of normal agricultural systems
- Aquaponic systems require much less space to produce the same amount of produce. Roughly 1/6 of the space needed!
- They can be designed to be self sustaining with minimal energy investment
- It provides high quality vegetables and fish without the need for pesticides, weeding, or transporation