Hydroponic Farming is the Solution to Pesticides, Drought and High Food Prices |
Compiled by Alex Cosper
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
It's bizarre that mainstream media focuses a lot on doom and gloom while largely ignoring the solutions to the problems it relies on for soap opera storytelling. The drought has been one of the biggest stories of the decade because it has had a huge effect on driving up food prices. We're all supposed to be too dumb to realize that wall street commodities traders also help drive up food prices. In other words, for a media perspective it's all nature's fault that food keeps getting more expensive.
Yet when it comes to nature solving its own problems, mainstream media is fairly quiet, other than the New York Times and other forward-thinking publications have occasionally published stories on hydroponic farming.
What is hydroponic farming and why is it the all-in-one solution to the pesticides, the drought and high food prices, as well as several other agricultural concerns? It's actually been around for centuries but for some reason isn't as popular as conventional farming, even though it's much more efficient and produces much more yield using much less space. It uses 90 percent less water than conventional farms while recycling the water, making it the no-brainer solution to the drought alone.
An emerging company called Freight Farms, co-founded by CEO Brad McNamara, is one of hundreds of examples of farms using the hydroponic solution. The company began developing crops in a large container in 2010 and has since claimed this container, the size of a car on a freight train, can be used anywhere in the world to grow crops anytime throughout the year. The container has the same effects as a greenhouse.
The reason hydroponic farming uses less space than a conventional farm is because plants are stacked on shelves or in drawers. Plants are also grown in water instead of in the ground, which eliminates the concerns of bugs eating the crops. That's why pesticides and herbicides like Monsanto chemicals are unnecessary. The reason that matters is because most herbicides and pesticides in the United States use the chemical glyphosate, which the World Health Organization said in March 2015 "probably causes cancer."
The only real drawback to hydroponic farming is the upfront investment. But if you already have the capital to invest in either Freight Farms or your own hydroponic garden, it can be a very lucrative business, since organic food sales have skyrocketed in the past decade.
As demand for organic food rises, it's a sensible prediction that organic farming will be expanding, unless, it ends up being controlled by a small list of cartels. As long as demand keeps rising, it makes sense for smart entreprenuers to invest in hydroponic farms, since they deliver higher yields at fractions of the cost. It even makes sense for individuals who have no intention of going into business to grow their own hydroponic gardens in their backyards, since fresh produce is the healthiest food on earth.