You may have heard a lot about a new method of sustainable food production called aquaponics that helps save you money while giving you the highest quality organic food possible. Aquaponics isn’t some silly temporary fad; it is a complete method of farming and cultivating your own food. Perhaps one of the best parts of this growing method is that anybody can do it. You don’t need a degree in engineering or biology. The Backyard Liberty is one of the most complete guides about the aquaponic systems. Alec Deacon, the writer of the book explains how to install this system with a very low budget and so many benefits, including videos and full suport. Some people call this ‘’a scam’’ just because they do not know and/or do not understand how aquaponics works and all his benefits. But as Voltaire said: “I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
Let me explain so that everyone can understand why I think we should focus more on this unlimited and organic way to grow our food.
Aquaponics is not something new. In fact aquaponics has ancient roots, although there is some debate on its first occurrence, Aztec cultivated agricultural islands known as chinampas (sometimes referred to as “floating gardens” ) in a system considered by some to be the first form of aquaponics for agricultural use where plants were raised on stationary (and sometime movable) islands in lake shallows and waste materials dredged from the Chinampa canals and surrounding cities were used to manually irrigate the plants. So, the Backyard Liberty does not give you something new that can’t be reliable but way to do it very easy and very cheap.
Facts that prove the benefits of aquapoincs systems. Aquaponics is the cultivation of plants and aquatic animals within a synergistic ecosystem. Requiring as little as one-tenth of the water needed for traditional field crop production, aquaponics recreates the same symbiotic relationships observe in nature without the use of chemicals, which means ORGANIC PLANTS ORGANIC MEAT, and this is the main reason.
Since soil is not necessary to grow crops in aquaponics; the system can be set up nearly anywhere. The biological process that makes aquaponics work relies on beneficial microbes that naturally occur everywhere to convert the fish waste into water soluble nutrients that the plants use.
Filtration components in the aquaponic system simply provide habitat for the microbes and removal of the solid fish waste, which can then be used to fertilize soil crops in some raised beds, and this is the next most important step. Aquaponic systems can be built to hide it in your basement, roof top or any other safe location.
Imagine any worst scenario and you can’t go out for shopping and/or gardening. Food and water will be very hard to find and you will have all those stored in your basement. How does that sound?
Aquaponic systems do not typically discharge or exchange water under normal operation, but instead recirculate and reuse water very effectively. The system relies on the relationship between the animals and the plants to maintain a stable aquatic environment that experience a minimum of fluctuation in ambient nutrient and oxygen levels. Water is added only to replace water loss from absorption and transpiration by plants, evaporation into the air from surface water, overflow from the system from rainfall, and removal of biomass such as settled solid wastes from the system. As a result, aquaponics uses approximately 2% of the water that a conventionally irrigated farm requires for the same vegetable production. This allows for aquaponic production of both crops and fish in areas where water or fertile land is scarce. Aquaponic systems can also be used to replicate controlled wetland conditions that are useful for water treatment by reclaiming potable water from typical household sewage. The nutrient-filled overflow water can be accumulated in catchment tanks, and reused to accelerate growth of crops planted in soil, or it may be pumped back into the aquaponic system to top up the water level. Aquaponic installations rely in varying degrees on man-made energy, technological solutions, and environmental control to achieve recirculation and water/ambient temperatures. However, if a system is designed with energy conservation in mind, using alternative energy and a reduced number of pumps by letting the water flow downwards as much as possible, it can be highly energy efficient. While careful design can minimize the risk, aquaponics systems can have multiple ‘single points of failure’ where problems such as an electrical failure or a pipe blockage can lead to a complete loss of fish stock. And this covers another great deal about this organic way to grow your survival food.
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