Question? Could hydroponic gardening and aquaponic raising of fish be a solution to end female infanticide and feticide in India?
Vegetables Grown in Hyrdoponic Garden
Two of the driving factors that cause families to make the decision to end the lives of their daughters is lack of enough food to feed their family causing a slow but sure starvation and the long-term belief their family will be subjugated to bonded labor when they borrow money for their daughter’s dowry.
In 2010 it has been estimated that it takes approximately $1.25 (USD) per day to purchase food needed to survive. In many villages in southern India a male day laborer will earn about $1.00 (USD) for a day’s work and a women will earn between 50 and 70% of this amount for similar work. So, what does a family of do when they do not earn enough money to feed themselves when a daughter is born?
If they do make the right but difficult decision to not kill their newborn daughter how can they save enough money to pay the bride price of up to 10 times their family’s annual income?
Hydroponics (growing of plants using mineral nutrient in solutions, in water, without the use of soil) has been an option since the early 1970′s and has provided viable solutions for areas where soil quality is limited.
Aquaponics is the simultaneous cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a symbiotic environment where the animal effluents that accumulate in the water are used and filtered out by the plants as nutrients, after which the water is recirculated back to the animals.
Step in Russell, a successful farmer from Peru, Indiana. His interest is to raise Tilapia fish for a commercial sale.
Raising fish in the basement. Veggies on the main floor and add a greenhouse roof to keep the heat in so you could raise fish year round in Indiana.
Russell is more interested in raising fish for profit. The hydroponic side is primarily to filter, purify and oxidize the water so it will not become toxic and kill his cash crop. He has taken vertical farming to a whole new level.
Hydroponic garden filters water from aquaponic fish operation.
Water flows over a series of pond-tanks to filter water.
So, what might happen if we could adapt this blend of hydroponic gardening and aquaponic fish raising to India? A village could not only provide its families with food to meet its own needs but it could become a viable business operation that could employ several village families. And then, hundreds of villages in southern India would be filled with the sounds of girls singing, laughing and living again.
I feel a plan coming together! Thanks Russell!!!