Sustainability

Aquaponics is the cultivation of fish and plants together in a re-circulating, closed loop ecosystem.

Aquaponics 101

It is a hydroponic growing method that requires no soil. The plants’ roots are bathed in nutrient rich, highly oxygenated water that sees growth rates far above soil-grown plants. The “aqua” in aquaponics refers to the fish side of the equation. Natural bacterial cycles are utilized to convert fish waste to plant nutrients. Plants in turn, clean and filter the water that returns to the fish environment.

This process significantly reduces the ecological footprint of the systems we currently use. Energy consumption in both production and transportation is significantly lower than the majority of current food sources. Our indoor aquaponic system conserves land, reduces food miles and uses 90% less water than traditional methods with no pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers.

Aquaponics Animation from Aqua Greens on Vimeo. Aquaponics is the cultivation of fish and plants together in a re-circulating, closed loop ecosystem. Aquaponics is a hydroponic growing method that requires no soil. The plant roots are bathed in nutrient rich, highly oxygenated water that sees growth rates far above soil-grown plants.

The “aqua” in aquaponics refers to the fish side of the equation. Natural bacterial cycles are utilized to convert fish waste to plant nutrients. Plants in turn, clean and filter the water that returns to the fish environment.

Food Miles

The average meal travels over 1,500 miles to reach your plate. 70% of the food we eat in our city is shipped in to us from other countries either by land, air or water. This means our food is made and picked to travel, which results in a less nutritious, not as good tasting product that’s been sprayed with pesticides and herbicides.

Packaging

Our goal is to use 100% recyclable packaging made with food dyes and plant based materials such as sugarcane, made of rapidly renewable resources, not oil. Compost is also a great way to improve vital soil resources and divert waste that would otherwise be landfilled.

Sustainable Food Network

Aqua Greens truly believes that our success is our communities success. Aqua Greens will donate part of our harvest to The Stop, a local food bank in Toronto, that believes healthy food is a basic human right. At The Stop, they’ve taken a holistic approach to achieve real change in our communities access to healthy food. Aquaponics can be used as the foundation of a movement in education, food production and economic innovation. We want to inspire people in our communities to re-connect with food again. In doing so, we will promote the values of the triple bottom line: social, environmental and financial sustainability.