Hydroponic Farming

hydroponic farming

Hydroponic Farming

There are many benefits to organic hydroponic farming. Hydroponics is a system of growing food that does not require soil. The plants are grown in a controlled environment, not in the ground. Nutrients for the plants are provided through a special nutrient dense solution, replacing the nutrition the plants would otherwise receive from the soil. Because there is no soil used, this method is better for the environment and studies show that this system produces higher crop yields than traditional farming.

Hydroponics takes its name from the liquid nature of the process. Liquid fertilizer solution is applied to plant roots, which allows the plants to receive the nutrition they would normally get through the soil. These plants are often grown in rows of pipes, which allows them to grow while preserving space and containing the liquid fertilizer.

Another variant of hydroponics is aquaponics.  Aquaponics, like hydroponics, uses liquid instead of soil to provide nutrients to plants, but the liquid used in aquaponics comes from a working aquarium with fish. The tank water contains nutrients used in hydroponics, and the water used by the plants becomes nutrient depleted and safe for use in the aquarium, creating a cycle without wasted water. This version solves two ecological issues at once, since water from aquariums is normally discarded, which is a waste of water as well as the nutrients the fish provide.

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As a result of the closely controlled growing system used in hydroponics, hydroponically grown food is often more vitamin-dense than traditionally grown produce. In addition, when the hydroponics are monitored and the growing environment kept sterile, the plants are free of the bacteria that are endemic to traditionally grown produce. These nutritional and safety benefits are of interest to many informed consumers.

Organic hydroponics uses organic fertilizer to provide nutrients to the plants. One of the ways of obtaining this nutrient rich fluid is to make organic compost tea, which is a concentrated product of compost, containing the most beneficial microbes and nutrients possible. Using organic compost tea to fertilize the plants creates strong, organic produce.

Traditional hydroponics is not organic, because the organic elements of fertilizer need to degrade in order to be used in hydroponics. However, by using the compost tea method, organic fertilizer can be adapted for use in hydroponics, creating organic hydroponics. Organic hydroponic farming is more complex than traditional hydroponics, but the result is sustainable, nutrient-dense organic produce.

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There are many reasons to consider organic, hydroponically grown produce. One obvious reason is the higher quality of the produce itself. More vitamins per plant results in better nutrition for you and your family. Many health-conscious families track their vitamin intake, and using hydroponically grown organic produce will give you higher nutrient loads per meal. Experience the health improvement that comes from switching to highly nutritious produce.

Another reason is the enhanced safety that comes from eating produce that has been grown in a sterile environment, reducing the possibility of contamination in your food. Traditional produce is at risk for bacterial contamination from several sources, including runoff from livestock waste. You will enjoy the added level of peace of mind that comes with knowing that your food is as safe as possible.

For this reason, many consider hydroponically grown produce preferable to traditionally grown produce, even if it is not organic. The added safety and vitality of hydroponically grown produce compares favorably with traditional organics. However, when you combine hydroponics and organic fertilizer, you create the highest quality lowest cost food on the market.

If environmental sustainability is important to you, another advantage that hydroponics offers is the smaller environmental footprint of hydroponic farming. Hydroponics allow growers to produce a high number of plants in a small area without depleting the soil. In highly cultivated areas, nutrient depletion in the soil has caused a decrease in the growth and quality of the plants. Hydroponics avoids these issues and brings consistent nutrients to the plants, resulting in better plants.

Virtually any plant can be grown hydroponically, making this a viable option for produce growers throughout the world. This versatility means that all the produce you use can be hydroponically grown, keeping you from being a part of the traditional farming system. Depending on your area and the growers available in your local market, you may never need to buy traditionally grown produce again.

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The lack of required soil for hydroponics means that areas of the world where agriculture is difficult could begin to produce large amounts of food and become self-sufficient. Large areas of high-quality soil is not required to produce vegetables using hydroponics, making this an option for areas of the world that has poor soil quality or is population-dense. Supporting hydroponic farming helps us move towards eliminating world hunger.

The high yield that hydroponics produces, especially when grown commercially, leads towards lower prices when compared with traditionally grown organic produce, making it a cost-effective choice for your family. In addition, the plants produced by hydroponics are often larger and more robust than traditionally grown produce, giving you more value per item.

No matter what brings you to hydroponically grown produce, the ecological and nutritional benefits of the food makes it a good choice. When you add in the benefits of organically grown food, you receive the best possible food product and greater health benefits for you and yours. Consider moving your produce purchases to an organic hydroponic grower, and experience the difference that controlled plant nutrition and safety has in your life.

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