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January 15, 2015 – Comments (2)

With drought issues, I think this kind of thing is going to be big.

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#1) On January 15, 2015 at 1:36 PM, lemoneater (57.96) wrote:

Thanks for sharing! Lettuce isn't very heat resistant so this seems to be a great solution :).

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#2) On January 15, 2015 at 5:36 PM, amassafortune (29.16) wrote:

Ohio State isn't just a football school. Their Aquaponics researchers have nearly finished developing a single-season Pearch using natural selection. This will allow (economically) farmers in colder zones to raise a fish crop between March and September. This is perfect for a seasonal aquaponics operation. 

The vision began some years ago with the idea that a family in Ohio and similar climates could be supported by an aquaponics farming operation.

By definition, an aquaponics operation is organic. The fish cannot survive if pesticides are used, and plants that are getting nutrition from fish excrement cannot survive if the fish are not healthy. 

Produce is often taken to local markets wet. Any unsold produce simply goes back into the water system back at the farm. Produce sold is cut at the point of sale and remains fresh for much longer because days of transportation, warehousing, and sales outlet time are eliminated.

Along with a partial response to drought, these operations help reduce fossil fuel use.

Early adopters had to go to Hawaii, Japan, or the Philippines for training, but it's pretty mainstream and mainland at this time.

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