What is a Recirculating Farm?
A recirculating farm uses clean recycled water, rather than soil, as a basis to grow food. These farms can grow plants (hydroponics), fish (aquaculture), or both plants and fish together (aquaponics). There are many unique benefits associated with recirculating farms:
• These are mostly closed-loop, land-based farms that are able to re-use water and can recycle waste too.
• Well-designed farms can run with no antibiotics or other drugs or chemicals and use renewable energy.
• Recirculating farms can grow fish and vegetables, flowers, fruits, herbs and more.
• These farms do not need to be connected to any natural waters, and can therefore grow a wide range of products without the threat of releasing them into the wild, or creating competition with fishermen who make their living selling popular local fish.
• Recirculating farms are scalable — they can be as compact as a desktop, for personal use, or larger for commercial operation.
• Being contained and therefore cleaner, allows these farms to be located near markets and even in communities far from water, that will ultimately use the products.
• Having more farms in each community cuts down on use of fuel for transport and gives consumers fresher food.