In Aquaponics we reuse the same fish water to grow plants without ever having to discharge it. These recirculating systems are a key tool in the fight for sustainable foods. But is a recirculating system always the answer? Personally I don’t think so. In some climates we have plenty of water and rather than creating recirculating systems, it is entirely possible to fertilize your soils using your aquaculture waste which in turn can improve soil health, water infiltration, and the water holding capacity. Resulting in overall improvements in the health of the ecosystem and reduced flooding events that may devastate an area or a crop.
The following study is an economic evaluation comparing these recirculating and non-recirculating Integrated Agriculture Systems. The results indicate which systems are more economically viable in different climates. #aquaponics #regenaquaculture