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Aquaponics in Urban Agriculture: Social Acceptance and Urban Food Planning

School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes Campus, Adelaide, SA 5095, Australia
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Horticulturae 2017, 3(2), 39; https://doi.org/10.3390/horticulturae3020039
Received: 27 April 2017 / Revised: 9 June 2017 / Accepted: 10 June 2017 / Published: 15 June 2017
Aquaponics is emerging as a novel technology with particular potential for urban agriculture (UA). The social acceptance of aquaponics and its place in urban food planning has not previously been studied. This study used focus groups, key informant interviews, and scenario analyses to investigate the reactions of Adelaide’s urban food opinion leaders and local government area (LGA) officials to aquaponics. Most of the focus group participants were unfamiliar with aquaponics. The perceived negatives of the technology received greater attention than the perceived benefits. Aquaponics was thought to be most competitive in either niche or wholesale markets, with a need for scaled guidelines from backyard to large-scale commercial production. For aquaponics in urban settings the influence of urban planning and policy is an important, but to date unstudied, consideration. The urban growers’ opinions of the overcomplicated nature of urban food planning corresponded with the mixed policy responses of the LGAs towards UA. This further supports the participants’ desire for a supportive State Government stance on UA to encourage consistency in LGAs. View Full-Text
Keywords: aquaponics; business models; community perception; local food systems; social acceptance; urban agriculture; urban food planning aquaponics; business models; community perception; local food systems; social acceptance; urban agriculture; urban food planning
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Pollard, G.; Ward, J.D.; Koth, B. Aquaponics in Urban Agriculture: Social Acceptance and Urban Food Planning. Horticulturae 2017, 3, 39.

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