Aquaponics is the Best Business Opportunity of the 21st Century
- by Colle and Phyllis Davis
As the demand for protein and crop production increases over the next four decades because of growing urban populations, commercial aquaponics is a business opportunity that provides an easy, urban-access source for healthy food that requires 90 to 95% less water than in-ground agriculture, no soil or fertilizers, and minimal land requirements. Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems offers investors a feasible and realistic ROI for a reasonable initial investment. There is a growing request for Kilometer/Mile-Zero Food that is locally grown and nutritious to feed the growing urban middle class in urban settings. With the disruption in transportation and increased costs associated with transportation, urban centers are becoming increasingly vulnerable to food shortages as the Century progresses.
Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems installed with a 20′ x 50′ acclimatized greenhouse (1,000 square feet) will grow:
- 6,000 vegetables and 2,300 pounds of fish per year.
- 25 square feet of grow space will feed one adult, year round.
- 1,000 square feet will feed 24 people, year round.
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According to sources reporting for Bloomberg News.* “Global agriculture production needs to increase 70 percent to meet food demand by the middle of the century as more people move to cities,” the United Nations said.
“Growers will have to increase yields on existing farms as the amount of land available for agriculture is shrinking, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization said in a book on farming, ‘Save and Farm’ About 70 percent of people will live in urban areas by 2050, up from 50 percent today, the FAO said.
‘We have no option but to further intensify crop production,’ the FAO said. Demand for food such as wheat and rice will rise along with the global population, which is expected to jump 33 percent to 9.2 billion by 2050, according to the FAO. Between 2015 and 2030, ‘an estimated 80 percent of the required food production increases will have to come from intensification in the form of yield increases and higher cropping intensities.’
Environmentally Friendly ‘More environmentally friendly agriculture will help to reduce crops water needs by 30 percent and the energy costs of production by up to 60 percent,’ according to the FAO. Little spare land is available in South Asia and the Near East and north Africa and about 70 percent of the area that is available, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, suffers from soil and terrain constraints, according to the FAO. The use of agricultural commodities in the production of biofuels including ethanol and biodiesel will grow, the UN said. Food costs rose to a record in February this year, UN data show. Corn has more than doubled in the past year, wheat is up 75 percent and rice has gained 37 percent. Changes in demand will drive the need for significant increases in production of all major food and feed crops,’ according to the book. ‘The food price spike of 2008 and the surge in food prices to record levels early in 2011 portend rising and more frequent threats to world food security.’
*– Regarding ‘inset article’ by Bloomberg that is quoted: Editor: Sharon Lindores. To contact the reporter on this story: Tony C. Dreibus in London at firstname.lastname@example.org To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at email@example.com