Checkout the above chart comparing google search trends comparing the term aquaponics to aquaculture. The two are very close, and if the momentum is moving in one direction, it has to be with aquaponics. Compared to where the industry was ten years ago, aquaponics has come a long ways.
On a side note - any thoughts on why aquaculture as a search term has come down so far from where it was? Maybe the catfish bubble in the Southern US?
Another area of growth we're seeing in aquaponics is in education. We're getting increasing numbers of emails from high schools, community colleges, and universities looking to incorporate OsmoBot into their new aquaponic greenhouses. Additionally, more companies are emerging that offer education-level aquaponic setups for this market. Will we see the day that schools have a school garden and a school greenhouse?
It was not long ago that there were just a tiny handful of operational commercial aquaponic farms in the US. Our research and the growth of our network are showing a sharp trend upwards as more farmers are building greenhouses, or moving into warehouses to practice aquaponic techniques in growing their crops. While it is still certainly an industry dominated by hobbyists, we are not far from aquaponic farms becoming more mainstream.