There is a growing body of evidence that seems to indicate that closed-loop water recirculation systems like Hydroponics may offer an advantage over soil-based organic growing. The belief stems from the fact that the water chemistry of these systems can be manipulated to boost natural plant health benefits.
Hydroponics has become more popular recently with much of the world’s population growing concerned with what they consume and what are the actual constituents of the food that makes it to their plates. The ongoing debate over food safety and crop growing practices has only increased and become more intense in recent years. Individuals are inclined to eat more healthy produce, even when they are dining out, giving rise to a host of restaurants that promise ‘organically grown’ food ingredients in their cuisine.
But with the rise of Hydroponics, Organic farming methods have also gained in popularity over the past few years. It has now gotten to the point where the two forms of farming are often compared to ascertain which is a more viable and healthy form of agriculture.
So, which is actually better, Hydroponic farming, or Organic farming? Although with Organic farming, only organic fertilizers are used in the growing process and plants can only be grown using unrefined minerals to be considered organic, there are still issues. A number of these unrefined minerals, although natural, can be toxic in nature. Even the use of organic fertilizers such as manure, poses the risk of E-coli and salmonella outbreaks.
What Hydroponic farming has going for it is that plants are grown in nutrient solutions usually indoors, completely free from chemicals and pesticides making them much safer. Because of the controlled environment, plants grow quicker in Hydroponic farming giving way to significantly increased crop yields which leads to more production from the same amount of space.
For the time being it seems that the evidence is growing in favor of Hydroponics being the safer and more efficient method of growing food.