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Singapore’s Akualogix makes the case for vertical urban shrimp farming

Akualogix plans to grow shrimp using water filtered firstly for ‘macro-nutrients’ by saltwater tilapia, and then through a bioreactor and seaweed to remove excess ammonia, nitrates and phosphorus from the system.

By Dan Gibson
Undercurrent News
Oct. 20, 2020

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While the notion of vertical aquaculture may seem counter-intuitive at first, it has certainly begun to take root in the city of Singapore, where space is at a premium and the demand for self-sufficiency has been laid out by the national government.

Into this arena has stepped Akualogix, led by John Diener, formerly chief operating officer at British insect feed firm AgriProtein and before that, managing director at Gold Coin Aqua Group.

“I think by necessity, Singapore is quite constrained in terms of land, so people have begun going in the direction of vertical farming,” Diener told Undercurrent News. “The Singapore food agency has this goal that Singapore should be self-sufficient for 30% of its total food requirements by 2030 — 30 by 30, they call it. So there’s a lot of interest and support in local or urban food solutions.”

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October 25, 2020   Comments Off on Singapore’s Akualogix makes the case for vertical urban shrimp farming

Yemi Amu’s urban farming concept takes root in the Big Apple

Yemi Amu, director of Oko Farms (Photo courtesy of Harrison Chen)

Some cities like Detroit, Philadelphia and Atlanta have urban ag[riculture] policies that support farmers of color with land access.

By Tony Binns
Rolling Out
October 6, 2020

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Oko Farms is an aquaponics farming and education company in Brooklyn. In 2013, we converted an abandoned lot in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, into the Oko Farms Aquaponics Education center — NYC’s first outdoor — and only publicly accessible — aquatic farm. We were able to acquire the lot through a partnership with the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation and GreenThumb NYC.

In addition to growing a wide variety of vegetables and fish, we provide workshops, tours, and support individuals and organizations with setting up their own aquaponics farms.

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October 11, 2020   Comments Off on Yemi Amu’s urban farming concept takes root in the Big Apple

Belgium: Sustainable rooftop-fish-farming conquers Brussels city heights

Europe’s largest urban farm, located on the rooftops of the EU capital, raises fish and grows vegetables while meeting strict circular economy criteria.

By Marion Candau
EURACTIV.fr
translated by Daniel Eck
Feb 27, 2020

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It has been possible to eat sea bass from Brussels ever since Belgian architect Steven Beckers, a pioneer in urban agriculture, founded BIGH (Building Integrated Greenhouses) in 2015.

Covering an area of 4,000 square metres, Europe’s largest urban farm is located in the heart of Brussels, on the rooftops of the Foodmet, a food hall known as “the belly of Brussels”, which attracts more than 100,000 people every weekend.

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March 4, 2020   Comments Off on Belgium: Sustainable rooftop-fish-farming conquers Brussels city heights

France: See L’Occitane’s Paris rooftop trout farm taking shape

Facility in the center of Paris is among a slew of similar projects in the pipeline.

By John Evans
IntraFish
Jan 30, 2020

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Aquaponic Management Project Group (AMP) said work on its rooftop aquaponic farm in central Paris is nearing completion.

Work on the site should be finished by December.

“We should have the keys at the end of February,” AMP founder Pascal Goumain said in a Linkedin post.

“‘Les Jardins du Saumonier Paris’ will be our first aquaponic farm within the city walls and the first aquaculture project in Paris, what’s more it’s on the roof.”

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February 4, 2020   Comments Off on France: See L’Occitane’s Paris rooftop trout farm taking shape

Urban Farming Takes Off in Germany

CrustaNova is a company in Bavaria, Germany, that cultivates shrimp. Company executives say the firm is profitable and that they are focusing on growth.

Recent experiments in sustainability mean you can now purchase shrimp from Bavaria and pike perch from Berlin. “Urban gardening” promises healthy and fresh products without long transportation routes.

By Marcel Rosenbach
Spiegel
September 03, 2019

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When Christian Echternacht gets invited to dinner, he likes to bring tilapia and basil rather than wine or flowers. His friends have grown used to it by now. They know that the fish and the plants have something in common: Both are harvested by Echternacht himself. They make great fish burgers topped with basil mayonnaise.

The ingredients prosper in the urban farm that Echternacht has run with his partner, Nicolas Leschke, for several years. It’s located in central Berlin, on the grounds of the Malzfabrik, a startup hub in the city’s Schöneberg district.

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September 8, 2019   Comments Off on Urban Farming Takes Off in Germany

Israeli: Government unveiled a multi-million dollar plan to turn the city of Eliat into the country’s first dedicated aquaculture and marine biology centre

“I want to turn Eilat into a centre of knowledge and sea based food technology.”

By Vince McDonagh
Fish Farmer
5th August 2019

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The announcement was made by prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who declared that fish farming would become the ‘engine of growth’ for the city and Israel.

He said he wanted to turn Eliat from a tourist destination into a centre for ‘producing food from the sea’.

Part of the plan includes establishing a huge aquaculture and marine biology park in the region.

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August 11, 2019   Comments Off on Israeli: Government unveiled a multi-million dollar plan to turn the city of Eliat into the country’s first dedicated aquaculture and marine biology centre

India: Assam Man Farms Fish in Rooftop Pond

The man has dedicated space on his terrace in Guwahati to growing 30 organic green tea plants, claiming that it has fetched him an income of Rs 1 lakh.

By Jovita Aranha
Better India
May 28, 2019

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With an initial investment of Rs 50,000, a pond like this could help urban farmers generate additional income in the long run, he believes.

Speaking to The Better India, he says, “You can consume and sell it too. Another brownie point is the beauty it adds to the rooftop. I have utilised 1,000 sq ft from my rooftop to build the natural pond and a recreation centre—14 feet wide, 28 feet long and 4 feet deep. Presently, it breeds Golden Carp. I have set up umbrellas, under which you can relax and enjoy the view while sipping refreshments.”

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June 3, 2019   Comments Off on India: Assam Man Farms Fish in Rooftop Pond