Business View Magazine | Volume 8, Issue 10

75 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE VOLUME 8, ISSUE 10 THE AQUAPO ASSOCIATIO A non-profit advocate of the aquaponic grower, The Aquaponics Association is on a mission to expand the practice of aquaponics through education, advocacy, and connection. The many benefits of aquaponics and how it will affect the next generation of sustainable farming is a conversation that is growing on a global scale. Ultimately, benefiting the realm of organic food production worldwide. Business View spoke with Brian Filipowich, Chairman & CEO of The Aquaponics Association, and Arvind Venkat, Commercial Aquaponics Director, for their insights into this fascinating industry and the critical role the Association is playing to further awareness. BVM: So, what exactly is Aquaponics? Filipowich: “Aquaponics is the combination of hydroponics (growing plants in a water- based system) with aquaculture (the raising of animals, such as fish, shellfish, etc., in water). When you put the two together, you CHANGING THE WAY WE DO FOOD