Agriculture and food production are essential for human life. This makes finding sustainable growing practices important, especially in times of drought. For example, the state of California relies heavily on the agricultural industry and has also experienced extensive drought conditions over the past several years. In order to cut back on water usage, sustainable growing practices must be utilized.
Hydroponics, aeroponics and hybrid systems are water-friendly, sustainable growing methods that can be implemented to save water, not only during times of drought but always.
Sustainable Growing Practices
In drought-stricken areas of the US, like California and Nevada, it’s increasingly important to conserve water. Hydroponic, aeroponic and hybrid growing systems provide many advantages when it comes to sustainable growing and water conservation. Advancements in these technologies have lessened water waste in agriculture. Notably:
- Water doesn’t run continuously
- These systems maintain a well of water that is continually drawn from
- Water loss typically only occurs from evaporation
- These systems work in a continuous cycle, reusing and recycling water
- NASA found aeroponics to use 98% less water than traditional agriculture
- Many of these systems run on close-loop cycles that recycle water and nutrients
Traditional agriculture uses water for irrigation, which can quickly add up. By using a sustainable growing method, be it for tomatoes or cannabis, water usage decreases, which is good for the planet.
Hydroponics, Aeroponics and Hydro-Aero Hybrid Systems
Last month, we blogged about the differences between hydroponics, aeroponics and hydro-aero hybrid systems. All three of these systems represent sustainable growing practices and minimize water consumption. This is especially important in times of drought. By moving from a traditional agriculture method with soil to a soilless system like a hydro-aero hybrid growing tray platform, you can reduce water consumption. In addition to being sustainable, reducing water also helps reduce your growing costs.
Hydroponics utilizes a reservoir of water that cycles continuously, reusing water. Aeroponics uses minimal amounts of water combined with nutrients that are misted onto the roots of plants. A hydro-aero hybrid system sprays the roots of plants on a scheduled basis and maintains a sufficient amount of water in the basin, which helps protect the plants in the event of a power outage.
All of these systems are examples of sustainable growing methods that have benefits for regions experiencing drought. By using a sustainable growing method, you can still continue farming and gardening with less environmental impact.
Have you tried hydroponics, aeroponics or a hybrid system? Did you notice a reduction in water consumption? Share your experience in the comments!