Aquaponics, drought resistant farm



by Brandon Peters

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Out here in California, US we are in the midst of a historic drought. We are setting up a farm that uses 90% less water than conventional agriculture.

Global food prices are increasing while wages remain the same, our monthly food budgets are pushed to the limit while we are forced to buy relatively cheaper and less nutritious products. Droughts and depleted aqua-firs only contribute to the scarcity and higher food prices.

We have a solution and advocate a cause, Aquaponics : a food production system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. Aquaponics uses 90% less water than traditional farmingPer National Geographic:California is experiencing its worst drought since record-keeping began in the mid 19th century, and scientists say this may be just the beginning. B. Lynn Ingram, a paleoclimatologist at the University of California at Berkeley, thinks that California needs to brace itself for a megadrought—one that could last for 200 years or more. ...Given that California is one of the largest agricultural regions in the world, the effects of any drought, never mind one that could last for centuries, are huge. About 80 percent of California's freshwater supply is used for agriculture. The cost of fruits and vegetables could soar, says Cantu. "There will be cataclysmic impacts."Full Article Here I live in California, have lived here for over 20 years, the drought situation is real. Food prices continue to rise, as the cost to produce it consists of resources that continue to become more scarce and in higher demand -water and fuel. So let's come up with a system that is more productive and efficient using the power of nature to reduce energy and water requirements.I want to start a solar/wind powered aquaponics farm and advocate this type of farming to other people in my community. Searching for start-up capital to design and optimize a system using blueprints from other successful farms, procure or lease about two acres of land and purchase required equipment, along with required certification and licensing to produce and sell food. Due to reduced costs from less water usage, fertilizer and energy, I expect the revenue generated from operations to be reinvested into the system for expansion and further development and education programs.This is my dream and long term investment, because I feel that there is going to be a high demand for this type of farming in our future. Cost effective, water and energy efficient means of food production is something we need to consider now before the drought and global food crisis escalates to the next level.Some of the world's most populated countries are going to experience inevitable water crises. Ground water reservoirs took eons to fill and only a few centuries to deplete in highly populated areas, things are only going to get worse unless we change something now. Chinese Water Crisis India Water Supplies depleted by 2030