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Aquaponics and global food challenges

Aquaponics and global food challenges

Goddek, Simon, Joyce, Alyssa, Kotzen, Benz ORCID: 0000-0003-3522-0460 and Dos-Santos, Maria (2019) Aquaponics and global food challenges. Aquaponics Food Production Systems: Combined Aquaculture and Hydroponic Production Technologies for the Future. Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 3-17. ISBN 978-3030159429 (doi:

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As the world’s population grows, the demands for increased food pro- duction expand, and as the stresses on resources such as land, water and nutrients become ever greater, there is an urgent need to find alternative, sustainable and reliable methods to provide this food. The current strategies for supplying more produce are neither ecologically sound nor address the issues of the circular econ- omy of reducing waste whilst meeting the WHO’s Millennium Development Goals of eradicating hunger and poverty by 2015. Aquaponics, a technology that integrates aquaculture and hydroponics, provides part of the solution. Although aquaponics has developed considerably over recent decades, there are a number of key issues that still need to be fully addressed, including the development of energy-efficient systems with optimized nutrient recycling and suitable pathogen controls. There is also a key issue of achieving profitability, which includes effective value chains and efficient supply chain management. Legislation, licensing and policy are also keys to the success of future aquaponics, as are the issues of education and research, which are discussed across this book.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: aquaponics, agriculture, planetary boundaries, food supply chain, phosphorus
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DES)
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Digital Arts, Research & Enterprise (DARE)
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2021 23:01

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