Aquaponics farms fresh fish and vegetables

LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Fresh is always better, however, most of our food travels for thousands of miles before it hits our table. But a local business is trying to change that by using "aquaponics".

It's called Greater Growth; a new "green" business that uses a different approach to farming.

Joel Townsend, creator of Greater Growth said "We have a large greenhouse with tilapia on one side and leafy vegetables and herbs on the other."

The fish are fed and their poop is filtered out of the water they swim in and it turns into nutrients that are fed to the plants. The plants use the nutrients to grow and the water is recirculated for the fish.

It's an eco-system that helps to feed the growing food demands while keeping the food local and fresh.

"We grow healthy food in a very integrated environment. We grow about 20,000 pounds of tilapia a year. Along with lettuce, kale, chard and herbs." said Townsend

That's good news for you and for local businesses like The Shrimp Dock.

Phil Dangel, owner of The Shrimp Dock said "We do not import product from outside the United States. We bring in fresh fish daily from all over the United States."

However, due to the high demand; fresh fish is getting harder and harder to find.

"The oceans are over fished but tilapia is one item that can be farmed raised and now we can get local." said Dangel

Plus, aquaponics might be the future of our food supply as the world's population continues to grow.

Townsend said, "With the challenges that lie in our future, our children and our grand-children's future we need to take some fresh looks at things and I think aquaponics is one way we can do this."

The fresh fish, vegetables and herbs are available to local businesses and the public. They will sell at local farmer's markets and hope to be in restaurants in the near future.

Visit their website for more information about where you can find Greater Growth products.


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