Productivity issues – I don’t think so!

In the about section of this blog, we frequently talk about the fact that AquaFarm aims to drive sustainability goals while also staying competitive in terms of cost and productivity. This is a claim we were making without operating our first commercial-scale AquaFarm, but the advantages of aquaponic systems were clear to us, even at pilot-stage.

Check out the following link on a commercial Hydroponic system. The video showcases a highly automated and industrialized plant. Talk about productivity…the yield is apparently 5x higher than on soil-based production methods. We think this is really ground-breaking progress! Granted, the industrialized methods of growing lettuce through conveyer belts, WIP staging, and other modern (Lean) manufacturing methods takes some mental adjusting. But then again – only if we can combine the sustainability aspects of growing healthy and save food with the ability to competite effectively in the market (without subsidies!), have we established a superior agricultural production model for the 21st century. This is what we trying to do with AquaFarm.

Please remember one thing which sets AquaFarm apart from this hydroponic video: No fertilizer! With the combination of the fish farm and the vegetable garden, we do not need any oil-based added nutrients. All nutrients are used organically within a closed-loop system, no strings attached. OK?!


2 responses to this post.

  1. […] We were getting a lot of comments  – mostly dislikes – for posting this video on a commercial-scale hydrponic system recently. It is clear that we don’t like to remind ourselves of the industrialized aspects […]


  2. Posted by Christian Bärtsch on August 22, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    This video looks really promising concerning the possibilities growing crops in hydroponics system and by adding the fish we move to another level.
    One thing that I asked myself while watching the movie is whether I really want to eat “factory” vegetables. This might seem a bit strange but I think that we are already consuming “factory” vegetables, the only difference is that they are grown outside, but the machine “treatment” seems to be similar.


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