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System analysis of a high-value aquaponics innovation in Ontario

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Title: System analysis of a high-value aquaponics innovation in Ontario
Author: Rahman, Mashiur M.
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Capacity Development and Extension
Advisor: Hambly-Odame, Helen
Abstract: This research paper examines the system of aquaponic farming for sustainable food production in Ontario, Canada. Currently, aquaponics is becoming quite adaptable and amenable globally for community-led social enterprises and capacity building. The literature review discusses stakeholder's perceptions and awareness, a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis of aquaponics farming and its commercial viability in Ontario, Canada, and two commercial aquaponics case studies in Ontario. The objective of this paper is to explore the sustainability and feasibility of aquaponic farming in Ontario for the purpose of improving food security. Sustainable aquaponic operations rely on careful analysis, planning, and management of resources. The case studies demonstrate that aquaponic operations in Ontario are social, environmentally and economically viable. Ultimately, community-based sustainable aquaponic farming will be a viable solution for food security for an increasing population globally. This study is significant because it describes the sustainability of commercial aquaponic farming in Ontario. However, further research is needed to help minimize energy costs and provide economically affordable fish feed to ensure profitability in aquaponics.
Date: 2017
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