Advantages and Benefits of the iAVs technique include:
- Reliable, continuous year-round production of high-quality food products with MINIMAL water consumption.
- Comprehensive conservation of nutrient resources through intensive recycling and reuse of ‘waste’ materials and byproducts.
- Conservation of and/or expansion of productive land resources (even to roof-tops) through intensive cultivation and reduction of pressures on over-exploit traditional agricultural lands.
- Extremely advantageous in regions with extreme climate variability and/or soil conditions that are unsuitable for use by traditional agricultural exploitation.
Benefits of iAVs aquaculture and vegetable production include:
- Maximal conservation of and productivity from available water resources and of nutrients in sustainable food production.
- Exceptionally intensive simultaneous production of fish protein and high quality ‘organic’ fruit and/or vegetable crops (virtually any species).
- Reduction of both operating and environmental costs relative to either cultural subsystem operated in isolation:
- Water consumption in an integrated aqua-vegeculture system amounts to 1 percent (or less) of that required in pond culture to produce equivalent tilapia yields.
- Such low-water-use symbiotic systems are applicable to the needs of arid or semi-arid regions where fish and fresh vegetables are in high demand and also in proximity to urban population centers.
- Organic vine-ripened, pesticide-free produce and “fresh-daily” fish can derive premium prices, particularly during winter months in urban areas.
- Consistent, highly-intensive and cost efficient simultaneous production of multiple high-value crops can be exceptionally profitable under effective management of appropriate facilities.