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Scottish Innovation Party (SIP) Agriculture

Greens Fed on Rainbow Waste
Hydroponics, as the name suggests, is a growing method based on use of mineral-enriched water, whereas aquaponics takes matters a step further, bringing together fish and plant farming in one recirculating system.

At Bioaqua Farm at Blackford in Somerset the largest integrated aquaponic 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.

The fish provide most of the plant nutrition, by way of aquaculture effluent. In turn, fish waste metabolites are removed by nitrification and direct uptake by plants, with the suitably treated water then flowing back to the fish. In all, it is claimed this virtuous circle of reciprocity requires up to 95 per cent less water than traditional horticulture farming.

For sustainable food production and agriculture, the aquaponics ecosystem principles also appear attractively scalable, from back gardens to commercial facilities.

For more information visit:
Bioaqua Farm - The biggest aquaponic trout farm in Europe

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