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Sustainable Farming Gets an Urban Upgrade

University of Pittsburgh environmental engineering student Kareem Adam Rabbat, along with buddies from Carnegie-Mellon and the University of Michigan, have established an aquaponics facility in East Liberty that houses a 500-gallon tilapia tank and 30 grow towers capable of growing 27 basil plants. The group works to bring fresh food to their community and educate people about where there food comes from. [The Pitt News]

Egypt-Based Bustan Aquaponics Is Taking A Socially Responsible Route Towards Food Security

Egypt is in dire need of modern forms of agriculture that increase water conservation and food security and boost the production of clean healthy food. So entrepreneur Faris Farrag set up his enterprise, Bustan Aquaponics with a “strong belief that there is massive potential for the expansion of aquaponics, both regionally and in other locations that have issues with food security and water.” Farrag tells Entrepreneur Middle East, “Many island nations (Puerto Rico as a good example) have a natural need for these types of systems as one of many different approaches to reduce their dependence on imported food without doing significant damage to the very finite resource of clean water.”

Aquaponic Eel Bar

Architect Leopold Bianchini, in collaboration with Café Recyclart, has created an aquaponics facility in Brussels that will allow for creation of eel in green sauce, a traditional Belgian dish, right where the ingredients are grown. Bianchini hopes to make the general public more aware of this species of eel that plays an important role in Belgian cuisine and is at risk of disappearing due to loss of natural habitat.

UNH Donates Lettuce, Fish, Grown in Aquaponics Systems

The University of New Hampshire’s Agricultural Experiment Station has made significant donations of vegetables and fish from their aquaponics system to food pantries and other recipients. The Middletown Press says the station donated almost 5,000 heads of lettuce, 44 boxes of tomatoes, 28 boxes of peppers, 400 pounds of squash and 1,100 pounds of fish as well as fish carcasses that were sent as bait to lobster fishermen in Portsmouth and/or composted at a research farm.