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Why Hydroponic

whatwedo2_stemHydroponics is essentially a method of growing plants that uses water instead of soil. Aquaculture, as it is also known, cultivates plants by growing them in water in which nutrients are dissolved.

But why use water instead of soil? you may ask. There are numerous advantages ranging from nutritional to economical. To name a few, hydroponics are:

Environmentally-friendly:
The water in this system is recycled and as a result hydroponics use just 5% of the normal water requirement for field crops.

Healthy:
No harmful herbicides or pesticides are needed.

Adaptable:
Hydroponic plants can be grown indoors or outdoors and can work in a variety of environments: urban, suburban, countryside, desert etc.

Low-budget:
Compared to field agriculture, operating and capital costs are significantly lower. Transportation costs are also lower which all in all results in more affordable fruits and vegetables.

Sustainable:
Due to the resourcefulness of hydroponics, this method of gardening can be easily upheld for years to come.

The need for a healthier and more efficient food supply method is urgent:

– Over one third of American adults are obese (2) due to the overly processed and refined foods that grocery stores nationwide sell.

– The U.S. imports about 15% of its food and over 80% of its seafood. Since the 1970s, the rate of U.S. food imports has risen steadily to meet current demands. For example, the U.S. imports ten times more oranges than it did 20 years ago from countries like South Africa, Mexico, Chile and Australia (3).