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System analysis of a high-value aquaponics innovation in Ontario

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dc.contributor.advisor Hambly-Odame, Helen Rahman, Mashiur M. 2019-05-06T15:05:49Z 2019-05-06T15:05:49Z 2017 2017-08
dc.description.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.
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject aquaponics
dc.subject fish
dc.subject tilapia
dc.subject closed-loop systems
dc.subject economic development
dc.subject sustainability
dc.subject recirculating aquaculture system
dc.subject hydroponics
dc.title System analysis of a high-value aquaponics innovation in Ontario
dc.type Major paper Capacity Development and Extension Master of Science School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
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