Circular economy and economic viability of aquaponic systems

Comparing urban, rural and peri-urban scenarios under Dutch conditions

M.M. Stadler, D. Baganz, T. Vermeulen, K.J. Keesman

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Abstract

Aquaponics combines aquaculture and hydroponic practices. It is a young new agricultural industry, which depends less on primary energy and material inputs than conventional production systems. Potentially, aquaponic systems have a key role to play in food provision. Furthermore, aquaponics tackles challenges such as land, nutrient and water scarcity and reductions in energy use and food miles. Its controlled growing conditions and the expired use of chemicals and pesticides make this technology a promising one. Besides its ecological merits, aquaponic systems save costs on water treatment and fertilizers and benefit from double outputs (fish and crops). Economic viability, however, requires well-defined business models aimed at positioning aquaponic systems in a specific market niche. Given the different price and quality levels of fresh produce globally, aquaponic systems can be more or less successful as a means for (local) fresh food production. This study looks at one of the most challenging situations for positioning a new growing system: the Dutch food industry with its large-scale horticulture, its multiple fishing harbours and agricultural activities and its highly efficient cooled supply chain We address the economic viability of aquaponic systems and describe possible socio-economic scenarios. As compared to rural and peri-urban scenarios, it can be concluded that, under the current Dutch market conditions, the urban scenario seems to be the most promising business concept, producing locally, fresh food, relying on premium prices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ICESC2015
Subtitle of host publicationHydroponics and Aquaponics at the Gold Coast
PublisherInternational Society for Horticultural Science
Pages101-114
ISBN (Electronic)9789462611726
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2017
EventISHS symposium ICESC 2015: Hydroponics and Aquaponics at the Gold - Jupiter's Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 5 Jul 20158 Jul 2015

Publication series

NameActa Horticulturae
Volume1176
ISSN (Print)0567-7572

Conference

ConferenceISHS symposium ICESC 2015: Hydroponics and Aquaponics at the Gold
CountryAustralia
CityJupiter's Gold Coast
Period5/07/158/07/15

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aquaponics
economic sustainability
raw foods
food miles
primary energy
niche markets
fresh produce
harbors (waterways)
water shortages
agricultural industry
horticulture
supply chain
water treatment
food production
hydroponics
food industry
socioeconomics
aquaculture
production technology
pesticides

Keywords

  • Aquaculture
  • Horticulture
  • Nile tilapia and tomato production
  • Sensitivity analysis
  • ⋯-.Overview

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Stadler, M. M., Baganz, D., Vermeulen, T., & Keesman, K. J. (2017). Circular economy and economic viability of aquaponic systems: Comparing urban, rural and peri-urban scenarios under Dutch conditions. In Proceedings of ICESC2015: Hydroponics and Aquaponics at the Gold Coast (pp. 101-114). (Acta Horticulturae; Vol. 1176). International Society for Horticultural Science. https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2017.1176.14
Stadler, M.M. ; Baganz, D. ; Vermeulen, T. ; Keesman, K.J. / Circular economy and economic viability of aquaponic systems : Comparing urban, rural and peri-urban scenarios under Dutch conditions. Proceedings of ICESC2015: Hydroponics and Aquaponics at the Gold Coast. International Society for Horticultural Science, 2017. pp. 101-114 (Acta Horticulturae).
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Stadler, MM, Baganz, D, Vermeulen, T & Keesman, KJ 2017, Circular economy and economic viability of aquaponic systems: Comparing urban, rural and peri-urban scenarios under Dutch conditions. in Proceedings of ICESC2015: Hydroponics and Aquaponics at the Gold Coast. Acta Horticulturae, vol. 1176, International Society for Horticultural Science, pp. 101-114, ISHS symposium ICESC 2015: Hydroponics and Aquaponics at the Gold , Jupiter's Gold Coast, Australia, 5/07/15. https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2017.1176.14

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Proceedings of ICESC2015: Hydroponics and Aquaponics at the Gold Coast. International Society for Horticultural Science, 2017. p. 101-114 (Acta Horticulturae; Vol. 1176).

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Stadler MM, Baganz D, Vermeulen T, Keesman KJ. Circular economy and economic viability of aquaponic systems: Comparing urban, rural and peri-urban scenarios under Dutch conditions. In Proceedings of ICESC2015: Hydroponics and Aquaponics at the Gold Coast. International Society for Horticultural Science. 2017. p. 101-114. (Acta Horticulturae). https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2017.1176.14