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Hydroponic Farming

Vertical garden? Rooftop farming? Hydroponic farming? Safe & sustainable farming?

These words are currently the buzzwords in the realm of urban farming of vegetables and micro greens, an essential food group for a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Broadly speaking, this mode of farming encompasses the growing and cultivating of food sources for commercial distribution and domestic consumption in and around urban areas. It is a matter of fact that urban farming in populated cities is a growing trend borne out of necessity. Why is this so?

The answer lies partly in the increasing global problems of shrinking arable land and unpredictable weather patterns brought on by global warming.  These problems have made traditional farming costly and unsustainable. Furthermore, traditional farming relies heavily on the use of pesticides which create concerns of ‘unsafe’ produce.

The Covid-19 pandemic brought to shocking clarity the fragility of existing supply chains for everyday necessities due to panic-buying and food stockpiling. The food shortage made consumers realize the need for locally produced food sources working hand in hand with shorter supply chains, especially with regards to perishables.

Urban farming verily presents a way to reduce and alleviate possible shortages of vegetables and micro greens especially in times of crisis and in the face of a growing global population. In fact, the FAO (Food & Agriculture Organization of the UN) predict that between now and 2050, world hunger population will increase to 842 million. Mass production of urban farming and home-based farming will be an advantage in our collective desire to reduce world hunger population. Hydroponics farming, especially in arid areas across the globe and in dry seasons, will be a key survival factor as less water is needed, and every drop is maximized by water-recycling.

There are various ways in which urban farming is practiced. Rooftop vegetable gardens in high rise apartment blocks make vegetables and micro greens readily available to the occupants below. Vertical gardens using soil or hydroponics, or aquaponics systems are options for home-based gardening where space is limited. Home-based vertical hydroponics is now a growing trend for those who wish to be assured a constant supply of safe, fresh, and readily available greens within arm’s reach.

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