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Publication Offers Tips on Aquaponics Food Safety

Posted on | September 25, 2009 | 1 Comment

On-Farm Food Safety: Aquaponics plant photo

Mānoa Project Manager James Hollyer, Specialist Clyde Tamaru, Extension Specialist Robert Howerton, Extension Leader Darren Okimoto, Academic Support Luisa Castro, Aquaculture Program Coordinator Tetsuzan Benny Ron, the Hawaiʻi Institute for Marine Biology’s B. K. ’Kai’ Fox and ADAP Coordinator Vanessa Troegner published On-Farm Food Safety: Aquaponics. This publications presents good agricultural practices tested by experienced farmers to prevent foodborne illness.

Aquaponics is a food production system that uses nutrient-rich water from fish culture to irrigate and fertilize plants. After the plants have absorbed the nutrients, the water is recirculated to the fish rearing tanks. This combination of aquaculture and hydroponics recycles both water and nutrients, resulting in an efficient use of resources. However, when food plants are grown in the presence of fish culture effluent, food safety considerations become very important.

Key areas of consideration include
• human sanitation
• harvesting produce safely
• managing warm-blooded animal feces
• water sources for fish and produce
• zoonoses prevention
• disposing of the system’s waste water

On-Farm Food Safety: Aquaponics is available for download. To see more free publications go to Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources website.