I propose a vision of equipping 5% of the schools in North America and India with edible playground experiments within the next 5 years.  India's wisdom traditions,  organic farming history, information revolution brilliance, and great need for earth friendly, water conserving, small space high yeild food production methods provide fertile fields for aquaponics experimentation.

The widening circle of interweaving enterprise webs I call Sweet Water has something to offer in this quest, some of which I am deeply grateful to offer for your consideration in what follows.

It is my great hope to help spark Milwaukee India net enhanced cooperative globalization experiments, starting with students and urban “agrarians”  constructing [[Urban Agriculture and Aquaponics(UAA)TV]].  UAA TV would aim to  diffuse sweet soil and sweet water methodologies in artful and entertaining ways.  In my most "pragmatic utopian vision" we would take the first
steps toward inspiring cities to friendly competition around the issue of sweet water and sweet soil projects for increased food security and "[[solidarity economics]]." The Sweet Water Organics commercial upscaling of aquaponics in a re-purposed factory building, i.e. "The Farm,"  has served as a magnet for competent committed people to collaborate to advance this eco-friendly approach to food production.  The Sweet Water Foundation, i.e. "The Academy," has been harvesting the hard won knowledge into hands-on and distant learning such that the democratization and cooperative globalization of aquaponics might advance quite rapidly.

In the way that I pray, I pray that these efforts will be supported by resources available by virtue of Milwaukee’s recognition as a UN Global Compact and IBM Smart City, and the optimum social, cultural, natural, and green money capital the project attracts.

The design and step by step orchestration of UAA TV will ideally occur in earn while you learn harvesting of urban agriculture and aquaponics you tube and facebook bounty that already exists, as well as new materials that chronicle projects in India and Milwaukee.  Net enhanced, [[asset based sequential development]]is a methodology available for moving in this direction.

As I told the IBM and Milwaukee leaders in my first meeting regarding the Smart City competition, it may be our responsibility to fix our eyes on the prize of winning a Nobel prize for a global community of practice called urban agriculture for its contribution to the diminution of food insecurity and global warming, for bringing about that glorious day when all of God’s children have access to healthy and tasty food, and ennobling careers and callings.

Do you feel there is scope in India to adopt aquaponics in a major way?

From the response I have enjoyed from Indian born Americans, their children, and internet conversations with on-the-ground active citizens working in India, I would not at all be

surprised if India leads the way developing aquaponic models for rainforest and developing nations.  India's spiritual and cultural resources, combined with its wide, deep, and accelerating internet empowerment offer much for the emerging global aquaponics community of practice I hope wins a Nobel Prize for its role addressing food security and global warming challenges.

Validation of Indo American aquaponics collaborations:

There is an increasing amount of on-line validation of Indo American aquaponics collaborations, sparked by the US State Department sponsorship of my 3 week Sweet Water tour to Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Rathnigiri, Kolkata, with a focus on visits to faculty and grad students at a number of Central Institutes of Fisheries Education(CIFE).

Less than a half year following my visit, Shajan John of Cochi, Kerela, but also Milwaukee School of Engineering(MSOE), and Dr. Subra Mukherjee, of Kolkata, and adjunct professor from U. of Colorado with close ties to the U. of Calcutta, have orchestrated projects of great possibility.

My Sweet Water Story

Sweet Water Organics is the world’s first aquaponics fish vegetable farm in a century old factory building in the Great Lake Heartland City of Milwaukee. Aquaponics is an eco-system approach to food production that transforms wastes into resources, e.g. fish ammonia into nitrate fertilizer, in a closed loop system in which the plants and beneficial bacteria help clean the water for the fish and the fish feed the plants

It’s earth friendly systems pump nutrient rich fish water from 7 tanks holding 50,000 perch and tilapia into plant beds housing billions of beneficial bacteria, which transform the fish wastes into nitrate fertilizer for thousands of edible plants, especially lettuce and water cress. Water is recirculated and plants harvested 7 times yearly in this simulated river valley in a bio-secure eco-system with 4 season production.

Sweet Water’s first commercial up-scaling of MacArthur genius Will Allen’s Growing Power demonstration systems aims to provide a model for a sustainable business, but also to provide a science lab, hands-on school, and inspirational innovation hub for the global diffusion of large and small aquaponics systems. Sweet Water Organics, i.e. The Farm, has created the Sweet Water Foundation, i.e. The Academy, to accelerate and enhance its educational mission, not only in aquaponics, but also urban agriculture methods that transform nitrogen and carbon waste streams, e.g. leaves, wood chips, fruit and veggie residues, with the help of beneficial bacteria and red wriggler worms, into “sweet soil” for small space intensive farming. 
Sweet Water, i.e. the Farm and the Academy, is a hybrid enterprise with multiple income streams and multiple bottom lines.

We aspire to sustainably grow fish and produce in old city factory contexts and serve as one of many launching platforms for the democratization of aquaponics, starting with our schools, faith communities, elder and veterans homes, and local cafes and pubs; and for the global diffusion of these technologies such experiments will advance.

We also aspire to grow farmers!

Become fine sons and daughters of Mother Earth and Nature.

Contribute to a collaboration of civilizations, to a project for one world citizens, where diversity is strength and the local is revered in the context of an emerging world civilization web, guided by the concept that “the human race is one” and “diversity is strength, in nature and society!”

We hope to advance the notion of One World Aquaponics and Aquaponics TV, as part of a democratization of culture, growing cultures and cultures of mind and heart.
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