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Source: GrowUp Urban Farms

Startup Brings Aquaponics To Urban Farmers In The UK

By Tessa Love

It's been said that urban farming is the most important environmental movement of our time. Commercial agriculture accounts for 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions through petroleum-based fertilizers and transporting food across the country and the world, not to mention accounting for 70 percent of freshwater use and half of all useful land on Earth. 

The vastly popular monocropping depletes the soil, and pesticides kill wildlife and harm human health. But commercial agriculture is the way it is for a reason: As cities grow and suburbs sprawl, there is less land available to grow diverse, organic and local crops to serve the urban populations. So farms move far away, and food gets shipped in.

Small, modest urban farms can help ease these pain-points. And while you know all about rooftop gardens and edible lawns, you've likely never seen anything like the GrowUp Box. From the startup GrowUp Urban Farms, the GrowUp Box is a sustainable urban farm housed in a shipping container that uses vertical growing and aquaponics, a recirculating system that combines hydroponics (growing plants in a nutrient solution without soil) and aquaculture (fish farming) to create an efficient closed-loop farming system.