Aquaponics Preppers Style (Video)

Preppers: “Individual or group that prepares or makes preparations in advance of, or prior to, any change in normal circumstances or lifestyle without significant reliance on other persons (i.e., being self-sufficient), or without substantial assistance from outside resources (e.g. government) in order to minimize the effects of that change on their current lifestyle.” (from Wikipedia)

With 2012 looming, I thought now would be a perfect time to talk about preppers, or neo-survivalists. These folks go to extreme measures to be able to survive on their own, believing apocalyptic, end of the world scenarios are upon us. Although they go well beyond what most of us would do, there’s lots of self-sustaining knowledge to be learned. For most of us, it is not unlikely that we will be without power for a day, or a week due to severe flooding, snow or other storms. Is your household prepared?

In this video, one prepper talks about his very large aquaponics system.

Hydroponics and Aquaponics at Disney’s EPCOT (Video)

So earlier this month my husband and I took a trip to Walt Disney World Orlando Resorts. We spent a significant amount of time in EPCOT, my favorite of the Disney parks even when I was small. (BONUS points for those of you who can name what EPCOT stands for.)

EPCOT is promoted as the “educational” park and thus Disney takes full opportunity to showcase some of the latest and greatest technologies available. One of the neatest exhibits is “Living with the Land” which showcases experimental growing conditions in Disney’s expansive greenhouses. These greenhouses use techniques to increase yields. Organic agriculture is also used.

Of course I was completely enamored with the exhibit and forgot to take pictures myself, so please see the video below of some of the neat things I saw including hydroponic plants on conveyor belts and a complete aquaponic system. As a side note these plants supply much of the fish and vegetables eaten throughout the Disney parks. So cool!