Hydroponics Making Headlines

HEADLINES

From Tokyo to the Netherlands to Arizona, California and Boston, hydroponics is gaining in recognition and popularity.    Look at these headlines: ” Visit Tokyo’s Farm of the Future: Pasona 02. (I love the tomatoes growing from the ceiling) “Netherlands: Symposium Hydroponics during Seed meets Technology.”   “Some of Arizona’s best restaurants are clamoring for tomatoes from this local hydroponic farmer.” Hydroponics operation takes root in Devens, Massachusetts.” “Hydroponics Seen As Future of California Agriculture.”

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS

In addition to the vast number of hydroponic headlines lately, the benefits of commercial hydroponics as a food production method are leading this business model to grow all over the world. Though the costs of producing food in a commercial hydroponic setting are still relatively high, the environmental benefits of commercial hydroponics are important to consider when looking at this method as a viable, sustainable option.

Here are some of the environmental benefits of commercial hydroponics:

Greatly Reduce or Eliminate Pesticide Use
Being a soilless production it doesn’t need herbicides or chemical pesticides and so it positively affects human health and the environment.
Results in Faster Growth
Allows on average four times the amount of crops in the same space as traditional soil-based farming, and it can guarantee a faster growth for many kinds of crops.
Increases Water Conservation
Reduces water consumption by up to 90% compared to traditional agriculture which accounts for 70% of the world’s water consumption.
Improves Use of Natural Resources
Acts as a valid alternative to produce food in areas that are not rich in natural resources, such as deserts or even urban buildings.
Reduces Fossil Fuel Consumption
Provides less reliance on fossil fuels because food is being produced in urban areas which eliminates transportation impact as well as the use of machinery.

FINAL THOUGHT

“Today the hydroponics industry is a niche food production market, especially if you compare its characteristics against traditional agriculture. According to the EPA, total US crop production is worth $143 billion, while US hydroponic revenue has been estimated by IBIS to reach $607 million. ”

Published On October 9, 2014 | By Adriano Pilloni | Hydroponic Benefits, Systems

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