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sustainability

In ecology, sustainability is the capacity to endure; it is how biological systems remain diverse and productive indefinitely. In more general terms it is the endurance of systems and processes. For me I have  for many years had a focus from an engineering point of view using a process of designing or operating systems such that they use energy and resources sustainably.

As an engineer I have always strived to consider sustainability as a core part of my designs looking at aspects such as:

  1. Waste reduction;
  2. Materials management;
  3. Product enhancement.

However as I have studied it further my desire to look at sustainability within different industry and apply engineering knowledge to help enable growth in this. This has led to project developing a self-sustaining farming system


sustainability in farming - is it really possible?

We live in a world full of cynics and scepticism, and who can blame us? Governments are arguing over promises on environmental measures that they don’t seem willing to try and keep. Opinions flit from one solution to the next before someone comes up with a new theory or counter-evidence to quash the proposed solution of another.

Farmers are under pressure from supermarkets squeezes, supply and demand, unsettled weather and cheap imports from competing markets. The world is full of problems and the solutions seem to be full of holes.

So you could be forgiven for letting out a suspicious ‘hmmmm’ when I invite you to hear about a simple and genuinely self-sustainable farming solution.

Humour me a while and read on…

The idea, in a nutshell, is this: Plants need water and a source of nourishment in which to grow and flourish. Fish are best suited to clean water (especially the sort that has been filtered naturally by plants) where they can feed, swim and poo (yes, I did just write that). The waste nutrient, generated by the fish, just happens to be the perfect nourishment for the plants and the cycle begins… Simple maths to start with!

Now the mechanics of the system, known as aquaponics, is a little more complex (not much though) and requires some pumps and systems to make it work. But, in essence, it is a fully managed, self-sustaining bio-symbiotic ecosystem. And there are many working aquaponics systems in operation today that are demonstrating the science in the real world. And now a new aquaponics farm is being born in Northamptonshire.

Change is possible and harmony works!

Perhaps there will always be trouble at the top, and maybe those that genuinely care are destined to be the little guy trying to make a difference at the bottom.

But what if?

What if ideas like aquaponics did hit the headlines and one day someone a bit higher up than the little guy took notice? I know that there are solutions out there, both for the environment, the economy, food supplies and the structure of society. And, whether what we are doing at Test and Measure Experts makes a dent on the cynicism or not, we are going to keep doing our bit all the same.

If you are reading this post out of interest, curiosity, or simply because you stumbled across it, then please share it with everyone you know. Maybe, just maybe, it might start a ball rolling. Maybe the self-sustaining, bio-symbiotic ecosystem of ‘word of mouth’ will start a waterfall somewhere.

This is just the start of it…

If you are interested in learning more about aquaponics, then please get in touch. You could also ’like’ or ‘follow’ our company page and there will even be opportunities to get involved soon. New posts will follow where I will be sharing more of our story, and start telling you more about the wonders of the ecosystem we are creating. Oh, and there is so much more going on at the farm than fish and plants… We are creating a veritable hive of good will and environmental activity. Stay tuned!