Sustainable Urban Farming Through Aquaponics

Aquaponics offer urbanites a new way to farm sustainably in space- and resource-poor areas.
February 22, 2010, 5am PST | Nate Berg
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Tank systems with fish, recirculating water and food growing areas can create a self-serving cyclical farm, all in a very small space. This piece explains.

"'There's alternate ways of growing food,' he said. 'I don't want to push it down people's throats, but if someone's interested, I'd like to show them you can do this with cheap parts and a little bit of Yankee ingenuity.'

It's all part of a home experiment he is conducting in a form of year-round, sustainable agriculture called aquaponics - a neologism that combines hydroponics (or water-based planting) and aquaculture (fish cultivation) - which has recently attracted a zealous following of kitchen gardeners, futurists, tinkerers and practical environmentalists.

And Australians - a lot of Australians."

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Published on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 in The New York Times
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