US (MI): "Fish poop is the key ingredient to good cannabis"

From fish poop to cannabis, the circle of life bubbles and pumps through pipes and pools within the walls of a cold-looking industrial warehouse in Lansing.

It’s a licensed cannabis grow, Thumb Genetics, unlike most you’ll find in the state – or nation. Thumb Genetics, a mostly family business, grows cannabs using aquaponics, an ancient agricultural technique first implemented the Mayan and Aztec farmers in Mexico nearly a thousand years ago.

Aquaponics is a method commonly used to grow more-forgiving vegetables, like lettuce, but rare in the world of cannabis, Lloyd Owens said.
The efficiency aquaponics provides makes economic sense. There’s much less waste. The need for expensive fertilizer and customized, nutrient-rich dirt is made obsolete. Water in the 10,000-gallon system is reused, but the up-front costs are so high and science so complex that most investors shy away from aquaponics, the Owens said, instead using more tried-and-true but wasteful, dirt-based growing methods.

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