There is a sense of urgency amongst our Hydroponic Growers in South Africa. Hydroponics as a way of growing it seems is here to stay, we see urban farmers rise to the rooftops of our cities, commercial farmers demand a higher yield from their land and consumers’ concern for the environment is at the forefront of dictating the change in our food production systems. For anyone who cares about our resources, it’s not difficult to obtain research about the “carbon footprint” of food transportation and the many other ways in which we harm our environment through producing our food.
It is clear that we cannot continue the way we have always produced food, a fundamental shift in our food production with regards to the harvesting, the processing, the transportation has to take place. It is, therefore, no surprise that one of the most promising technologies that have been adopted around the world to reinvent the way we produce food, is Hydroponics.
When done well, both large-scale vertical farming and hydroponics have proven to be more productive and diverse, less wasteful, and energy and resource efficient. Produce can be grown year-round and crops are more resistant to climate change and other weather-related factors that conventional dirt farmers face.
Leafy greens, tomatoes, herbs, and peppers can be grown in close proximity to retailers who will stock the vegetables in their grocery stores and restaurants who will serve fresh tasty greens, reducing the cost of transportation, both to the farmer and to the environment.
Vertical farms and hydroponics is the solution for farmers (who can cut costs on water and fertilizer), the consumers (who can buy affordable, fresh produce year-round) as well as the environment.
No wonder there is such an immense sense of urgency amongst our Growers in South Africa. Are you growing Hydroponically yet?
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