Aquaponics holds great promise for the world. It can be a major factor in getting food into hungry mouths anywhere in the world. Or, in this case, turnkey aquaponics systems can be used to produce the highest quality organic food for upscale users who want the very best and healthiest food to eat. The problem as always been demonstrating the viability of the technology for a commercial operation. That may all be about to change with the announcement by FarmTower Co. that it has signed an agreement to supply 100 turnkey aquaponics systems to a national grocery chain over the next ten years – seems to be an average of 10 a year
FarmTower Co. has recently announced a deal with a national supermarket chain that will purchase 100+ turnkey aquaponic farms from the Chicago sustainable agriculture firm over the next 10 years. The aquaponic farms will grow seafood and produce symbiotically, using the same recirculating water. FarmTower Co.’s proprietary technologies convert the waste from aquatic species into organic fertilizers for fruits and vegetables- while conserving water and lowering costs. A variety of premium, organic produce and seafood will be raised and be exclusively sold by the yet-to-be disclosed chain. Produce such as lettuce, herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, and eggplants will be grown year-round within 100 miles of stores in specific markets. In addition, seafood such as tilapia, yellow perch, and prawns will be grown in recirculating aquaculture systems.Here is an article about a supermarket chain in Chicago promising to purchase indoor aquaponic systems.
No Details on the Turnkey Aquaponics Systems
Unfortunately, there are no details on the capacity or location of where these turnkey aquaponics systems will be located. The grocery chain has declined to be identified so we can’t even get an idea of where they might be located, other than they will be within 100 miles of the stores thaqt will market the produce and fish that are cultivated. Although this is a great improvement in freshness and resource management over the cross country shipping of produce and its fuel and other hidden costs, there is no mention given of the capacity of one of these turnkey aquaponics systems. It seems to be a step in the right direction, to bring more locally grown organic food to the supermarket shelves, I certainly will be on the lookout for further details on exactly what is being sold here.