Food sovereignty via aquaponics

Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK) announced that it would be starting a consultation process for a potential aquaponic food project, as part of the movement towards food sovereignty. On June 17, the MCK signed a project contract to create a business plan with Urban Food Ecosystems (EAU), a company specializing in aquaponics based in Montreal.

Cody Diabo, MCK chief and lead of the Environment portfolio, ran his council campaign last fall on an environment platform with a focus on food sustainability and security. He said that once he got elected, it was the first project he tackled. “Food sustainability and sovereignty is a topic that has been around for quite some time throughout the community,” said Diabo.

“So I don’t take credit for that, but it’s building off that momentum that’s been generated through the community about doing our own planting again and feeding ourselves. I started looking at ways of how it could be done indoors because of our short climate season,” he said. Diabo contacted many companies that specialize in aquaponics and finally settled on EAU. Last November, the company did a presentation for council on aquaponics and its benefits. However, the project was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is a two-fold system. It is built to be self-sustaining. The only component required is that the fish must be fed. In the system, there are several tanks that contain the fish at different points of their lifespan, and then you are using what is already there. The fish excrement is mixed in with the water, and then it gets sprayed onto the plants,” said Diabo. 

Read more at Eastern Door (Marisela Amador)

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