Proof that cops today are a hell of a lot cooler than they used to be: after a Chester drugstore and hydroponic growhouse of epic proportions was busted last May, the Delaware County District Attorney’s office decided to do something other than confiscate the equipment. Instead, they worked with the nonprofit Partnership Community Development Corp. to help furnish Philadelphia’s Urban Food Lab. The lab utilizes “aquaponic gardening,” made possible by the industrial-strength generators, PVC pipe, and other (legally ownable) items snagged from the Chester raid, to grow and sustain herbs, vegetables and fish in areas of West Philly that were previously “food deserts,” causing a totally different kind of munchies. We here at the Philebs would like to offer a hearty “good job” to the office for both being aware of this newfangled technology and choosing to put the equipment to good use.
For more information and a more scientific explanation of how aquaponic farming may very well be our future, read the complete article here.