Aquaponics is a method of food production that combines hydroponics (growing plants in water) and aquaculture (growing aquatic organisms for food). It can be used on a small scale in your own backyard, or on a larger scale to provide food for communities. With aquaponics, the plants and fish share a symbiotic relationship. There are various types of setups, but in every system, the fish provide fertilizer for the plants in the form of waste while the plants clean the fish's waste water. The water is constantly being recycled, allowing aquaponics systems to use 90% less water than conventional farming. On top of conserving water, no waste is produced, and no outside fertilizers are needed. Aquaponic systems are a sustainable approach to producing food for yourself and others.
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