Aquaponic Technology Is A Sustainable Solution

Traditional farming requires fertile soil, water, pesticides to keep the insects away, and a good portion of land to grow food. But this method doesn’t always succeed and isn’t very sustainable either. Bioaqua Farm invented an alternative method that produces food with zero waste, minimal water, and low energy consumption. Aquaponic technology provides a sustainable solution during uncertain times.

Hydroponics, as the name suggests, is a growing method that uses mineral-enriched water. Aquaponics takes matters a step further, bringing together fish and plant farming in one recirculating system.

Antonio Paladino and Amanda Heron
Antonio Paladino and Amanda Heron

Co-founder of Bioaqua Farm, United Kingdom’s largest trout farm, Antonio Paladino runs this farm with his partner, Amanda Heron, near Frome in Somerset.

They write on their website, “Our passion for premium quality and sustainably grown food lead us to embark on a big adventure to affect the way food is farmed and produced. From our eco-integrated farm, we can harvest fish and vegetables to create delicious and healthy gourmet food for you.”

After a trip to Borneo, Paladino has spent a long time developing a system to grow crops which combines organic fish farming and hydroponic irrigation.

The website Raconteur says, “At Bioaqua Farm at Blackford in Somerset–the largest integrated aquaponics farm in Europe–vegetables are grown and Rainbow Trout reared together in organic symbiosis, without chemicals or pesticides, but with the help of bees and worms.”

How Aquaponic Technology Works

Aquaculture facilities mostly discharge into natural waters. These effluents are full of nitrogen, phosphorus, organic mate, and suspended solids. This is because fertilizers are used to magnify productivity above the natural level.

Aquaponic technology
Aquaponic technology

In aquaponics, fish provide plants with maximum nutrition with the help of aquaculture effluents. In return, nitrification and consumption by plants filter fish waste metabolites. This clean water flows back to the fish. In summary, aquaponic technology takes up 95 percent less water as compared to traditional farming.

To put it the founders of Bioaqua Farm have created a natural ecosystem where fish digest food and create nutrient-rich water to feed microbes. These convert the waste into nutrients for plants to absorb. The plants then provide enriched water for the fish.

Bioaqua Farm produces in the most simple, and ethical way. They grow seasonal crops with sunshine and rainwater and provide organic nourishment for the fish. It is a naturally co-dependent ecosystem, where plants and fishes exist with each other. It is like their natural habitat where both beings use each other’s nutrients to grow efficiently healthily.

Natural And Safe Methods

Unlike traditional farming, aquaponic technology uses only 5% of water. This is sustainable and eco-friendly. It is also natural, as there is no use of genetically engineered fish.

Bioaqua Farm makes no use of herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers. They grow the produce organically. The farmers also provide fish with only natural substances and nothing more. There is no use of any antibiotics.

The Farm also leaves the soil to regenerate on its own. They don’t till the soil or plant any weeds. We also see it to have less waste when compared to traditional aquaculture and soil farming.

We usually see aquaponic technology as beneficial only for warm climates. Running it in cooler areas can be expensive. But Bioaqua Farm uses a low-tech approach. Paladino tells NewFoodEntrepreneurs, “We only use electricity for irrigation and to pump oxygenated water around the tanks. We use 3kw of electricity per hour for every 1000m2, about as much as it takes to boil a kettle.”

Learning And Gourmet Foods :

Bioaqua Farm teaches aquaponics to inspire a positive change in farming techniques. They’ve taught hundreds of students from 32 different countries since 2014. They hope to transform farming for a better future through their courses and consultancy.

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With the produce grown in their farms, they prepare gourmet dishes for the ones who enjoy eating mindfully. As Antonio Paladino is also an Italian chef, he cooks for weddings, corporate events, and even galas.

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