Friday, March 14, 2014

Philippe Van Den Bossche & The Potential Of Aquaponics

By Robbie Sutter

Crop growth is going to come about through a number of different processes and the tools used may be very common. For example, everyone knows just how much of an impact sunlight and water can have when it comes to standard growth. However, are there other processes which can come into play for greater agricultural progress? It's a field that Philippe van den Bossche has experience in, which is why I'd like to speak about a method that has been given the name of aquaponics.

According to an article on Mashable, aquaponics is a unique method that will be able to aid in the growth of plants. Basically, it involves the cultivation of plants and the growth of fish in the same body of water. As fish are able to create waste, the water is able to circulate said waste in order for it to be converted into nutritious feed that the plants would take in so that they could thrive. It was a method that Parcs Holman described as, "replicating nature."

Keep in mind that the growth of plants and aquatic life in the same body of water is not exactly new, as it has gone on since ancient times. That being said, the one difference that Philippe van den Bossche, as well as other authorities, can pinpoint is the more concentrated focus on science. The system that has been put into place is a sensitive one and the attention to detail has to be strong. Names like Philippe can tell you that one misplaced creature can cause chemical imbalance.

There were a number of details showcased in this article but the one that stood out the most, at least to me, was the use of water. If you were to water plants through standard means, only about 2 to 5 percent of said water would be able to reach the plants. On the other hand, aquaponics entails the constant stream of water, which makes an instance like evaporation something of a non-issue. It's important to keep this in mind, as plants will have a steadier source of nourishment.

It's not plausible to believe that everyone will be able to run their own structure for the sake of aquaponics. That being said, I have to believe that this can result in much greater crop growth than what standard methods have entailed. I can only imagine just how much easier farming, in general, will be made. Aquaponics, in my view, is a process that was able to seamlessly blend methods in nature with the processes developed in the field of science, which is more than worth praising.

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