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TEDxWarwick – Charlie Price – Aquaponics – Getting More out of Less

Aquaponics is ideal for schools, community projects, household self sufficiency and if scaled up, for commercially viable mixed crop food production.

Charlie Price from the social enterprise Aquaponics UK, explores the role aquaponics can play in the future of our collective food supply. He provides an insight into both the applications for aquaponics but more specifically a new approach to urban agriculture, turning wastes into resources and transforming disused urban spaces to provide not only food, but resilient communities.

Case Studies – United Kingdom

Urban Aquaponics, Shoreham

Aquaponics UK, designed an urban aquaponics system for a household in Shoreham Sussex, the system is de signed to incorporate their requirements for fresh herbs, salad crops and duck’s eggs as well as fish for ornamen tal purposes. The system is also intended to provide a learning re source for afterschool clubs and classes as well as dem onstrating sustainable urban food production.

The Able Project, Wakefield

The ABLE project provides an outdoor learning facility for young people whose needs are not met in mainstream education as well as community service participants. The ABLE project combines areas of willow coppice, with a wood chip biomass boiler, a recirculation aquaculture system growing tilapia, carp, sturgeon and catfish, out door vegetable plots, an orchard, beehives, a BMX track and aquaponics greenhouses to provide an interdiscipli nary learning environment catering for a wide variety of interests. Aquaponics UK designed, supplied, helped build, and commissioned the aquaponics greenhouse systems as well as providing training and continued support.

See Aquaponics UK here.

2 comments

1 julie mellum { 02.16.12 at 5:12 pm }

Burning biomass (wood, switch grass, other vegetation or dung) is a recipe for big time trouble. There is nothing “green” about the combustion process, because the burning of any biomass is a major source of black carbon soot–fine particle pollution. To introduce or promote any more wood burning than is already done for recreational purposes is to increase asdthma and asthma attacks–and veen premature death especially in children, the elderly or anyone with heart or other lung disease or cancer. How can this be justified when cleaner options are available that do not harm others.

2 Allan Collins { 05.27.12 at 3:32 am }

I would be very interested to visit the Shoreham, Sussex system to pick the brains of the owner. Is this possible?