The Future of Food
Aquaponics program in the national spotlight
product aired on FOX stations across the country!
By Felicia Barlow
“The Fascinating Future of Growing Food” showcased RCC’s Aquaponics Lab, as well as faculty, staff and students most familiar with the project. The lab is a working model of a food production system that raises fish and plants together. The head of RCC’s science department, Bryan Marbert, says aquaponics is quickly becoming a staple for food production in many communities worldwide. The integration of aquaculture (fish production) and hydroponics (the soilless growing of plants) into one system allows for production of a multitude of
Thirty years ago, some envisioned the future much like the animated series “The Jetsons” with flying cars, jetpacks, and moving sidewalks. Fast-forward to today. What will things look like in 30 more years? The nationally syndicated show Xploration Earth 2050 investigates that very topic. While researching, the show’s producers came across RCC’s aquaponics program. That brought their crew to our campus, and, in November 2015, the finished 40| EPIC NEWS
fish, fruit and vegetables on a small or large scale year-round. Both components of the system complement each other with the fish waste providing a natural food source for the growing plants and the plants acting as a natural filter for the water the fish live in. In combining both systems, aquaponics capitalizes on the benefits of each organism and eliminates their drawbacks. Chuck Pell is the host of Xploration Earth 2050. He told local FOX affiliate, WGHP, that he was impressed with what’s being done at RCC. He added that “our lives will be depending on what they figure out here…that’s pretty interesting.”