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Nature and me - The Magic Behind Aquaponics

Climate change affects the Earth and also threatens human health, food security, freshwater supply and arable land shrinkage. Population growth, industrialization and commercial development directly destroyed the biological environment. Modern agriculture depends largely on amounts of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which can have negative impacts on water, soil and human health.

 

Aquaponics mimics a natural ecosystem. It combines aquaculture and hydroponics. The fish waste provides nutrients for the plants. Bacteria and plants help to clean the water for the fish. When aquaponics is combined with greenhouse facilities, it can overcome the challenges caused by bad weather and provide one of the better planting methods for human life in the future. 

 

In recent years, aquaponics has gained popularity worldwide as a sustainable farming. Japan has limited arable land and high population density. It focuses on food self-sufficiency and sees aquaponics to raise food production in urban areas. It has policies to encourage and support the development of aquaponics farms.

 

Till now, there are some organizations in Macao promoting aquaponics to the public. I hope that we can grow plants and fish together in a recirculating ecosystem, which will provide us with fresh fish and vegetables in the future. I am hopeful that the government can provide funding for schools or organizations establishing aquaponics. Thus, we’ll have opportunities to learn sustainable farming. 

 

In conclusion, aquaponics allows us to rethink our relationship and interdependence with nature. We can take actions to promote the value and conservation of water resources, enhance food security, and foster environmental sustainability.

 

 

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