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Aquaponics is an innovative and sustainable food production system that combines aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as fish or prawns in tanks) and hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In an aquaponic system, the waste produced by the aquatic animals serves as a nutrient source for the plants, which in turn purify the water for the animals. This closed-loop system mimics the natural nutrient cycling found in ecosystems, minimizing water usage and eliminating the need for synthetic fertilizers. Aquaponics offers several advantages over traditional farming methods, including higher crop yields, year-round production, and reduced water consumption. It also allows for the cultivation of fresh produce in urban areas, reducing the carbon footprint associated with transportation. The system's design can vary in scale, from small indoor units suitable for homes or classrooms to large commercial operations. With the growing demand for sustainable and locally sourced food, aquaponics has gained popularity as a viable alternative to conventional agriculture, contributing to food security and environmental stewardship.

sustainable agriculture, closed-loop system, urban farming, food security

Robert Anderson

CITATION : "Robert Anderson. 'Aquaponics.' Design+Encyclopedia. (Accessed on June 22, 2024)"

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