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Canadian food bank opens first-ever aquaponics farm

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Canadian food bank opens first-ever aquaponics farm

Growing leafy greens and fish indoors year-round is a fabulous solution to the lack of fresh food in many urban centres.

Mississauga is a large suburban city on the outskirts of Toronto, Canada. Out of its 750,000 residents, an estimated 182,000 people live below the poverty line, which means that they rely on the food bank to make ends meet. Due to urban sprawl, however, it has become increasingly difficult for the Mississauga Food Bank to source fresh food for its customers. While the area was once rich in farmland, most of that has been plowed under for condo towers and shopping malls.

The Food Bank came up with a creative solution — to build an aquaponics farm that can provide both fresh produce and fish to hungry residents. Assisted and trained by the University of Wisconsin’s Aquaponics program, the Mississauga Food Bank launched its farm officially this week, to much fanfare.

 

Continued: http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/canadian-food-bank-opens-first-ever-aquaponics-farm.html

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It's neat to see these programs popping up but I wonder how many of them just end up turning into boondoggles. A lot of them seem like a way for someone to fund their dream and risk on someone elses dime and when they fail its someone elses problem. I do hope for the best for them though.

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