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This is an old debate that will rear its head more and more over the next few decades. With more people being open to hydroponic growing and the need for alternative ways to grow food and other plants, this conversation will be had over and over again. When we say something like, what is the best way to grow, we really need to frame what do we mean by best. Do we mean which one tastes better? Which one is cheaper to grow? Which one uses the least amount of natural resources to grow? Which one is more sustainable? As you can see, best is determined by the criteria that we compare it against. In this article, we will focus on the advantages of hydroponics and its own merits.
Fewer Disease Crops And Food Borne Illnesses
Before writing this article I saw a new story about how Mexican grown cilantro is now being banned in the US. This ban comes from farmers dumping waste water and materials in the same field that they grew their herbs and produce. What resulted from this unsanitary way of growing food are dozens of people in the US becoming violently sick. This isn’t to say this is how the average farmer operates but to say that when you grow in soil, you are at risk of consuming anything that is placed in that soil.
Hydroponics is A Closed Loop System
What we mean by this is that hydroponics have all of its nutrients for the plants and water contained in a central system that is not open to the outside world. What this means is that you do not get the dirty illness creating Cilantro that I read about earlier. It means that you have a much safer supply of food.
Hydroponics Extends The Growing Season
Growing hydroponically extends itself well to greenhouses and other structures. What this means is that it is easier to grow plants our of season and continue to supply the populace with plant-based foods that are very healthy to them. This is much harder to do when using soul.
Hydroponically Grown Plants Are Bigger And Often Healthier
It is easier to control the environment that a hydroponically grown plant is grown in than a soil grown plant. Hydroponically grown plants receive far more water and oxygen than soil grown plants. This has to deal with the fact that hydroponically grown plants use a variety of system that have the core goal of supplying the plant a ton of oxygen, more nutrients and more water than you could ever do with soil.
Hydroponics Is Better For The Environment
It takes tons of water and resources to grow produce in soil. Hydroponics do not use a fraction of the resources that are needed to grow in soil. Hydroponics is also far more sustainable and better for the environment. This is a major concern because all we have to do is look at the issues that California farmers are having because of the water shortage.
All of these things are the inherent advantage of growing hydroponically. Check out Always Sunny Hydroponics for some great produsts on everything hydroponics.