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Friday, 18 November 2016

Farming without soil is an ancient method applicable today

Being a curious freak for innovation and technology has really taught me a lot particularly when it is related to the history of humanity. I am always amazed by the solutions that exist in today's world and how they came into existance. Bearing this in mind, about a year ago I learned of a process of soil less plant growth which could be a remedy for dry climate areas or places with no soil fertility. The process is scientifically known as Hydroponics. The remarkable thing about this whole process is that it was first practiced in the early 1600s. I know that the time frame is so wide when compared to today but the technique is without a doubt urgently needed to combat the agricultural problems which seem unending in a world with climate change being a hot topic. According to an indoor farming and Horticulture company called GROW CANDY "the earliest publication on growing terrestrial plants without soil was in 1627, in a book called Sylva Sylvarum by Francis Bacon". Thanks to him scientists of today are using this technology to carry out remarkable experiments. Just imagine how this process could assist plant growth in a hostile lifeless environment like space. In one article written by massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) called mission 2015 of Biodiversity which talks about Hydroponics. They try to point out the significance of this revolutionary method in relation to traditional methods of farming. "Hydroponic systems do not require pesticides, require less water and space than traditional agricultural systems and may be stacked in order to limit space use". The advantages as we see are worth pursuing but some drawbacks are also present with this method too. (MIT) also found detriments such as "high energy costs because they incorporate lighting, pumping and air moderation systems". If we consider the ratio between pros and cons, I prefer the pros being our guide in making humanity have a sustainable agricultural system which can satisfy the food insecurity being experienced in most parts of the world.
The Father of Hydroponics


Courtesy towards:
http://www.growcandy.com/water, http://www.christianitytoday.com/, https://web.mit.edu/12.000/www.m2015, http://www.hostelgarden.net/, http://www.plantnutrients.co/ and http://www.cecilstokes.com/ for the insight, quotation and amazing images

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