THE INDUSTRY CHALLENGES
Australia’s dominant supermarkets have remodelled their store layouts to compensate the increased attraction to fresh produce, demonstrating the power of shifting consumer sentiment.
A primary battle of the aquaculture industry is to deal with fish waste. This restricts many producers from operating near a city due to such toxicity.
Consumers will continue to look towards more sustainable and efficient ways of obtaining quality protein without putting increased pressure on the environment.
Increasingly volatile climatic conditions, increasing scarcity of arable land and demand for land optimisation, increasing growing costs such as fertiliser and water, and the pollutive effects of excess fertiliser/pesticide run off are all contributing to the food producers’ transition away from traditional open field growing.
The risks associated with outdoor crops have become more costly and continue to threaten profitability, so there has been a shift away from traditional open field growing to advances in hydroponic producers.
Hydroponics has evolved to deliver stronger yields (~11 times) than traditional soil-based horticulture, leading to significant capital investment into the technique.
Many of the world’s great ocean fisheries are under relentless pressure due to overfishing.
Aquaculture, long heralded as the solution to the fall in wild catch, has run into limitations due to problems caused by the enormous quantities of waste that such operations release to the environment on a daily basis.
GREEN CAMEL OPPORTUNITIES
The Green Camel Cobbitty facility has successfully grown Basil, Coriander, various Baby Leaf Lettuce, Parsley, Baby Leaf Spinach, Rocket and a variety of Asian Greens.
Our yields match that of hydroponics, without the associated risks and energy demands.
Our soil-based horticulture allows our crops to better capture desired nutrients such as calcium and vitamin C and they are certified to be organic.
Green Camel’s systems filters and reuses 100% of fish discharge. Every piece of fish waste and every drop of water that is used to produce the fish is converted into useable inputs to grow the crops. This means every drop of water is used twice.
FORECAST PRODUCTION ON COMPLETION OF COBBITTY 2.0
THE GREEN CAMEL SOLUTION
One of the fundamental principles of best practice farming is to manage the nutrient cycle within the farm system wherever possible, making the waste stream from one process the feedstock for another.
By taking the waste from aquaculture and safely processing it to create an allowable input to organic crop production, Green Camel turns a waste stream into a nutrient stream.
It addresses the issues of waste in aquaculture and decreases input costs and environmental burdens of horticultural production.