For those who are hydroponic growers it may not come as a great surprise that they are part of the world’s fastest growing food production trend. Data on hydroponic crops from around the world are showing significant increases in production and revenues, and projections are for continued strong growth.
With the benefits of higher yields with lower inputs, improved soil and water quality, and food safety, hydroponics is compelling the forces for change. But while large multimillion dollar hydroponic operations are capturing more of the news, the technology is also growing in popularity with smaller growers.
The phenomenon of urban farming has caught on recently as a means to grow better food locally. It is part of a rising movement to cultivate produce where large numbers of people live by using high-tech systems and smart greenhouses placed at grocery stores, in basements and even inside cargo vessels. Leading restaurants have embraced these futuristic farms for a range of reasons, including variety, ingredient quality and virtually unlimited availability in all seasons.
As far as the commercial value of hydroponic farming there are opinions on both sides of the argument. Some people believe that hydroponically grown produce is just not as good as that which is grown in dirt. There are those who see a larger roll for hydroponics in the future as a means of feeding the worlds growing population.
Perhaps one of the best things about hydroponics is that virtually anyone who is interested can become a farmer. Thanks to the internet, we all have mountains of information on hydroponics available to us which we can use to create and experiment. Many of history’s greatest scientific breakthroughs were made by common people. With so many people now able to dabble in hydroponics it may be that future discoveries in farming techniques or nutrition will be made by people who only do it as a hobby today.