Food, Sustainability, and Science Literacy in One Package? Opportunities and Challenges in Using Aquaponics Among Young People at School, a Danish Perspective

Bent Egberg Mikkelsen, Collins Momanyi Bosire

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Abstract

The call for sustainable food production and consumption has led to an increased interest and new policy measures to support the circular economy and climate-smart farming practices. The merits of aquaponics and closed-loop nutrient cycling systems are increasingly being examined in terms of sustainable productivity in various settings including urban environments. Aquaponics also has the potential to be applied as a learning tool for people of all ages but especially for young people at school. This chapter studies the potential of aquaponics to teach food and science literacy and the use of the technology as an educational tool in primary school. The chapter draws on data from the Growing Blue & Green (GBG) program carried out in cooperation among Aalborg University, Copenhagen, municipal schools and their teachers and a private aquaponic enterprise. The chapter draws on three empirical studies including an exploratory study on the educational opportunities at school, a feasibility study carried out among teachers, as well as the educational Growing Blue & Green (eGBG) study, in which a digital-based regulation component was added. The conclusion is that low-cost versions of aquaponics have considerable potential for supportive learning in elementary school. Preliminary findings furthermore suggest that fitting the setup with easy-to-install intelligent sensors and devices offers the opportunity to provide learning about food, sustainability, and a basic understanding of the control and management of biological systems in one package.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAquaponics Food Production Systems : Combined Aquaculture and Hydroponic Production Technologies for the Future
EditorsSimon Goddek , Alyssa Joyce , Benz Kotzen , Gavin Burnell
Number of pages10
PublisherSpringer
Publication date22 Jun 2019
Pages597-606
Chapter23
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-15942-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-15943-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2019

Keywords

  • aquaculture
  • alternative technology solutions
  • vegetable
  • food production
  • Young People
  • School
  • education
  • Aquaponics Sustainability education
  • Primary school
  • Education
  • Food literacy
  • Science literacy

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    Mikkelsen, B. E., & Bosire, C. M. (2019). Food, Sustainability, and Science Literacy in One Package? Opportunities and Challenges in Using Aquaponics Among Young People at School, a Danish Perspective. In S. Goddek , A. Joyce , B. Kotzen , & G. Burnell (Eds.), Aquaponics Food Production Systems: Combined Aquaculture and Hydroponic Production Technologies for the Future (pp. 597-606). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-15943-6_23