Added by on 2016-02-28

John from goes on a field trip to Plant Chicago, an old meat packing plant factory that is now growing food using aquaponics in the basement. In this episode you will learn more about how food can be grown anywhere.. and hopefully be inspired to start growing your own food today. After watching this episode, you will have a general understanding of how an aquaponics system works. Video Rating: / 5 Related PostsThe Armour Meat Packing Plant – Final VisitOnline Course To Learn Aquaponic Gardening How To Growing Fish and Vegetables TogetherC of C 2-4-12 Plant Chicago: Farming for the Future A Net-Zero Energy Vertical FarmThe Plant: My Beer Feeds Your Fish!Commercial Level Hydroponic Vertical Farming Factory of Leafy Vegetables336: The Plant Chicago: Commissioning the 21st Century Farm

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  • Preachin to the Choir 1 year ago

    were animals slaughtered there or just meat packaging ? I've been in some old slaughter facilities and you can just feel the death in the air and it is kind of spooky lol

  • ja ti 1 year ago

    hi everyone ,if anyone else needs to find out about aquaponics courses try Panlarko Expert Aquaponics Planner (do a search on google ) ? Ive heard some great things about it and my work buddy got great success with it.

  • highonsmog 1 year ago

    Can aquaponics raised plants reliably provide nutrients like calcium, potassium, iron etc?

  • Judy Wu 1 year ago

    where can I get the LED lights like the video one?

  • shakaama 1 year ago

    Update to this sir?

  • Maxim Gazaev 1 year ago

    Нахрена я подключал наушники?!?! :)))

  • David Kavalcenti 1 year ago

    Is this the guy from Burn notice?

  • Rick Mc 1 year ago

    Dude! The "S" in Illinois is silent! Be careful, that s will get you mugged! But as always, good video

  • Daniel Lazzo 1 year ago

    Fish density looks very high in this system … whenever I see an aquaponics system where water is moving as dynamic as in this one, makes me question how sustainable that system really is … how much energy is being used to run …  if fish density would be less, I imagine, less energy would be demanded for filtration, aeration , etc ..   

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  • El Okim 1 year ago

    that should be banned by health department these fishes are in horrific condition , it needs better water filtration , it is disgusting 

  • Dami Nuam 1 year ago

    I've down on paper the in depth Do-it-yourself aquaponics system that all newbie can easily use.

  • stephen stuart 1 year ago

    It seems very clear that there are far to many fish in the topes. the people who own the factory are creating a set up to make as much money as possible.
    fish for food …yes, fish for money…yes. But there seems no differance between battery farmed chickens and what they are doing there.
    Im disgusted, it's just another example of greedy people taking a great idea like aquaponics and exploting it to the stage of cruelty to fill there own pockets.
    FYI, the fish im holding in my pic were returned to the water safe and well.

  • equallywrong 1 year ago

    you said Illinois wrong. 

  • James Gardner 1 year ago

    The video is a lot more fun to watch if you shout "Boo!! Hiss!!!!" every time he says "meat"!

  • ttraderjim 1 year ago

    Great video, thanks!

  • dovregubben78 1 year ago

    Wow, awesome video!  This is exactly what I want to do!  I'm hoping to open a brewery in the near future.  I actually first started reading about aquaponics while investigating potential uses for brewing waste.  From what I've read, not only is spent grain a potential source of animal feed, but yeast is as well.  Yeast contains all the essential amino acids.  As I understand it, cows can tolerate live yeast — it may actually be beneficial for their digestive systems — but in other animals, live yeast may disrupt normal digestion, so it should be denatured first (ie. by heating).  I'm not sure whether fish can tolerate live yeast or not, but I have read a study wherein fish meal was replaced with brewers yeast in tilapia feed with positive results.

    A typical 10 barrel batch of beer will produce at least 20 liters of yeast.  A small fraction of that may be immediately used for another batch of beer, but a vast majority is waste.  For most small breweries, it is not economical to process yeast into animal feed, so it just gets washed down the drain.  This can actually pose a problem, as the yeast may consume the oxygen necessary for proper sewage treatment.  Using it to supplement animal feed kills two birds with one stone.

    You mentioned in the video that the plants looked sort of anemic.  I was curious how you supplement iron in your own aquaponics system?  In another YouTube video I watched, the narrator said he uses a chelated iron product, but that it was not organic.  He did not offer an organic alternative.  It occurred to me that one way of adding bioavailable iron would be blood meal.  It might also be a good supplement for fish feed.  If you're growing food for vegans, they would probably take exception to using blood meal, but then again, they would probably take exception to aquaponics in general.

  • Anand Drayson 1 year ago

    You probably can build your indoor garden that does not need weeding, tilling or cultivating, the spreading of fertilizer or garden compost, with no watering or irrigating; all while your vegetables produce up to 10 x the amount of veggies than plants from the dirt garden.