Aquaponics and Ecofficiency: An Introduction

Over the past two years, Ecofficiency.org has included aquaponics as one of its core programs. We have built systems in Haiti, The Bahamas, Baja California, and several California schools. There is no doubt that it is an increasingly popular growing method due to its sustainability, novelty, and the desire to reconnect with our food.

During the next several weeks we will be exploring why aquaponics works so well with the Ecofficiency model. If you want to understand how the physical system works, click here. The model is explained in our 15 page philosophy that can be found on our website, which I am sure everybody has read and fully understands. (insert sarcasm) The model is a three-part Venn diagram, with each section representing a major component: Ecology, Economy, and Equity. The basic model is used by many people to help establish structure to sustainable decision-making and planning. What sets Ecofficiency.org apart is our focus on the relationships between the main components:

Sustainable Natural Resource Management + Cultural Diversity and Appreciation + Environmental Justice = A prosperous and peaceful world that we all want to live in

Ecofficiency_Graph

We’ll start with the main components then transition to the relationships to better understand how aquaponics can satisfy each section. Stay posted for the first article on Ecology in the next few days.

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