“An Introduction to iAVs” is a guide to the Integrated AquaVegeculture System (iAVs), a revolutionary method of sustainable agriculture. The book is dedicated to Gary Donaldson, a passionate teacher and advocate of iAVs, and serves as an introductory preview to ‘A Basic Guide to iAVs‘.
The book is over 165 pages and begins with a brief history of iAVs, detailing how Dr. Mark McMurtry, inspired by the challenges of hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation in African communities, developed the system in the 1980s. McMurtry’s innovative use of sand as a filtration medium and the introduction of a technique known as reciprocating biofilters (RBF), or “flood and drain,” are highlighted as key breakthroughs in the development of iAVs.
The book then delves into the workings of iAVs, explaining how the system mimics natural processes in a freshwater tidal wetland to grow plants and raise fish together. The process involves a fish tank, microbes, a biofilter, and plants, creating a cycle that efficiently uses resources and minimizes waste.
The book also discusses the open-source principles of iAVs, the successful USDA Commercial Trial, and the advantages of iAVs over other methods of sustainable agriculture. These advantages include superior filtration and bio-conversion, increased surface area for bacterial communities, enhanced oxygen availability, and more efficient interaction between roots and soil microbial communities.
The scalability of iAVs is emphasized, with the book detailing its applications for urban families, small-scale and large-scale operations, and utilization of non-arable land. The book includes the goals of iAVs, which include teaching people in need to feed themselves and their communities, and promoting and establishing food security in regions constrained by increasingly diminished environments.
“An Introduction to iAVs” is a well-structured and informative guide that provides a thorough understanding of iAVs. It is an essential read for anyone interested in sustainable agriculture, offering valuable insights into the development, workings, advantages, and applications of iAVs.
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