Michael T. Mageau, Baylor Radtke, Jake Fazendin, Tony Ledin, The Aquaponics Solution, The Solutions Journal, Volume 6, Issue 3, May 2015, Pages 51-59 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/the-aquaponics-solution/) Abstract: Global food production is having a hard time keeping up with demand, and trends suggest that it is only going to get more difficult.1 Global demand for food is growing as human and grazing animal populations increase, as more people are changing their diets to include more meat, and as more crops are used for biofuel production. On the other hand, it is getting more difficult to continuously increase annual agricultural yields as the downward pressure of soil erosion/degradation, aquifer depletion, and irrigation water supply complications due to melting glaciers begin to outpace technological advances in agricultural production.2 Many new problems have arisen as producers try to meet these challenging trends by squeezing ever more production from remaining agricultural lands. The majority of our food and animal feed now comes from large-scale industrial crop production using a mono-cropping approach. This involves growing a single crop over a large area of land. This method … Topics: Agriculture & Food; Environment