Circular Food Production in the City: Aquaponics Provides Food for Local Markets

Commercial aquaponics represents a new agriculture option for Europe’s cities and has a large market potential.

Capturing the potential of commercial aquaponics in the urban environment requires international cross-sector collaboration between urban farms and technology providers.

This Insight discusses how GrowUp Urban Farms built the UK’s first commercial urban farm, applying a closed-loop production system to produce greens (salads and herbs) and fish.

Compared with conventional methods, GrowUp’s aquaponics reduces greenhouse gas emissions associated with food production and distribution in east London. The case illustrates how, with proper design, it is possible to scale up aquaponics in an urban environment.


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Goal 7: Build circular material flows