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Tilman Reinhardt, Kyra Hoevenaars, and Alyssa Joyce

Abstract This chapter provides an overview of the regulatory framework for aquaponics and the perspectives for European Union (EU) policy. Using Germany as an example, we analyze the specific regulations concerning construction and operation of aquaponic facilities and the commercialization of aquaponic products. We then show how aquaponics fits in with different EU policies and how it might contribute to EU sustainability goals. In the end, we provide some recommendations on how institutional conditions could be improved for aquaponics as an emerging technological innovation system.

Keywords Aquaponics · Law · Regulatory framework · Organic production · Animal welfare · Food labeling · Food safety policies


T. Reinhardt

GFA Consulting Group, Berlin, Germany

K. Hoevenaars

AquaBioTech Group, Mosta, Malta

A. Joyce

Department of Marine Science, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

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