US (HI): Oahu nonprofit uses backyard aquaponics to promote healthy eating

A new UH study is looking at whether the program has led to an improved diet and reduced risk for cardiovascular disease among Native Hawaiian families.

On a recent Sunday morning in Waimanalo, a group of families representing three generations gathered to build an aquaponics set-up from scratch. By the end of the day, they had the makings of a system to grow vegetables and herbs and raise tilapia fish at their homes.

The MALAMA project, also known as Mini Ahupuaʻa for Lifestyle and Meaʻai ​through Aquaponics, builds upon work that the leader of local nonprofit has conducted for a decade: make fresh food accessible in as many backyards as possible using aquaculture and hydroponic technology.

Read the full article at Honolulu Civil Beat (Eleni Gill)

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