No dirt? No farm? No problem. Soilless farming is growing.
Growing urbanization is devouring a lot of agricultural land, decreasing the available area for cultivation. It is estimated that in 30 years the world's population will reach 10 billion. These two problems, combined with the growing scarcity of water, foreshadow a growing worldwide concern over hunger and food shortages.
One of the solutions to these problems is presented by planting crops without soil in controlled environments, as aquaponics and hydroponics.
When we talk about aquaponics or hydroponics, both techniques allow plants to thrive, thanks to the nutrients they receive and the stability of the environment in which they are grown. Aquaponics has the advantage of allowing the cultivation of fish and plants simultaneously, with high nutritional value and pesticides free.
Growing plants and vegetables in soilless systems makes it possible to produce tasty and fresh food, even in urban areas. Also, it allows to meet local needs for more food, with no need for fertile land and with very little water waste compared to growing crops in soil.
In this article from "Fork Farms" are presented real examples of success in airlines, education, food distribution, among others.
Now that you know some of the advantages of these systems, you can also have one at home!
The complexity and size vary greatly, and some can be so simple and compact that they are adapted to home environments. When the pandemic broke out, there was a growing need to entertain, minimize trips to the supermarket, and present teaching moments for children. These systems are the perfect union - three in one.
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