What is Hydroponics?
Hydroponics is gardening without soil. Hydroponics creates the ability to grow food in places where traditional agriculture simply isn't possible.
Hydroponics allows plants to grow up to 50% faster than they do in soil. Contrary to popular belief, plants do not need soil to live and plant actually expend a lot of energy growing roots to search deep into the soil for moisture. In hydroponics, plants are raised in water and nutrients in the water meet the roots directly.
Hydroponic growing systems greatly reduce the resource footprint of farming versus conventional agriculture. Hydroponic plants require much less water – about 90% less than those planted in soil outdoors - and less land area than traditionally grown crops. Furthermore, hydroponic container farms can be stacked, placed on the tops of buildings, and leverage otherwise unfarmable spaces. Hydroponic gardens can produce the same yield as soil gardens in about 1/5 the space.
Hydroponic farms can be located wherever power and water are cheap, and can be placed in close proximity to the demand for the crop, reducing or even eliminating shipping costs and the use of fossil fuels.
Because hydroponic greenhouses are environmentally-controlled, the need for herbicide and pesticide are greatly reduced or even eliminated.
With hydroponics, you can grow those foods locally!
Hydroponically grown vegetables can have up to 50% more vitamin content (particularly vitamin A, all B complexes, C and E) than conventional crops