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What in the World?

Touch the Soil News #694 (photo courtesy of Calysta – FeedKind factory in the UK) While much of the details are proprietary (secret to the company) commercial scale operations of an unusual approach to food are coming on line this year. The company is called Calysta. The challenge is to create a fish food that will sustain human need for fish protein, but no disassemble the global ecology. Most of the feed that fish eat in factory farms are other less-desirable fish. The fisheries of the world’s oceans can no longer sustain human withdrawals. Fish farming has grown dramatically to support human appetites and need for fish proteins. Estimates are…

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Tilapia, the King of Aquaponics – Is There a Hidden Message for Home Growers, Urban Farmers and Community Gardeners?

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Legend has it that when Jesus was feeding the multitude, it was Tilapia that was offered. For different reasons, however, Tilapia is rapidly moving up the scale of importance in human food consumption. On a planet starved for inexpensive protein foods, the Tilapia species seems to fit the bill for both organic and industrial farming models. Tilapia is now the third most important fish in fish farming after carp and salmon. Gardening can go a long way towards basic sustenance in terms of vegetables and fruits. However, most people’s diets are also anchored on grains and meat proteins – two classes of foods that most gardeners are not conversant in.…

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