Boulder, CO (PRWEB) October 21, 2011
“Can we feed the more than 9 billion people anticipated to live on this planet in 2050 without destroying Earth’s life support systems?” This captivating conundrum began an October 12, 2011 University of Minnesota press release that became the just released cover article for Nature Magazine’s October 20, 2011 edition titled “Solutions for a Cultivated Planet.” The article details the recent findings of an international group of scientists and researchers tasked with nothing less than figuring out how to sustainably secure the world’s future food supply.
Sylvia Bernstein, author of “Aquaponic Gardening” and president of The Aquaponic Source points out that the research report fails to mention aquaponics, however. Aquaponics (growing fish and plants together in a recirculating system) is a food-growing approach that addresses the harmful practices cited in the study and simultaneously realizes the potential for increased food production envisioned by the researchers.
“Nothing in this report is surprising for anyone engaged in the worldwide ‘future of food’ dialog. However, what I did find striking was that aquaponicswas not included among the set of proposed solutions. Widespread adaptation of aquaponics could both alleviate all of the environmental destruction cited by the researchers and provide the vehicle for increased sustainability and productivity.” explained Ms. Bernstein.
In a recent blog post Ms. Bernstein summarized the agriculturally-driven environmental problems cited in the study and explained how aquaponics would mitigate or eliminate them: