Year Round Production
Aquaponics enables growers to produce crops year round. Utilizing this method does not rely on rainfall to cultivate crops. Instead, it consumes nutrient rich water pumped from the fish tank to the media beds. This makes it possible for cultivators to plant new sets of crops as soon as they harvest. Due to a chemical free ecosystem, growing within an aquaponics system allows farmers to produce organic crops that can maximize their production all year around.
The Switch to Organic Produce
Over the last two decades, organic farming has grown remarkably with sales increasing from $1 million to $26.7 million between 1990 and 2010. On average, sales for organic produce grew by 12% to 21% per year. In 2005, certified organic farms were registered in all 50 states for the very first time. These farms were growing organic crops on an estimated 4 million acres of land.
Today, it is estimated that about 70% of consumers in the United States opt for organic products and farmers are getting overwhelmed by the demand. As shown in the figure below, fruits and vegetables account for 43% of organic food sales in the US.
In 2008, organic farmers could not match or produce the growth rate on the market for organic crops. The U.S. constitutes the largest market for organic products in the world as shown in the diagram below.