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.”
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:
“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. ”
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