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What is hydroponics? 

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What is hydroponics?

Hydroponic production is the method of growing crops without soil. Instead, this growing method relies on water-soluble-fertilizers to provide nutrients to crops.

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Why is it important?

Hydroponic growing methods are important on both a global and intergalactic level. NASA has been experimenting with hydroponics techniques to produce food in space!

 

In addition, hydroponic food production is much more environmentally sustainable than traditional soil-based methods. When used in conjunction with a greenhouse, hydroponic systems grow food with up to 90% less water and space while eliminating the need for chemical sprays like pesticides and herbicides.

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What is CEA?

Controlled Environment Agriculture. This allows producers to provide the optimal environment for the plant to grow to its fullest potential. The result is a higher yield of a tastier and more nutritious product.

What are the benefits of CEA?

Climate change causing irregular/harsh weather patterns risk mitigated; eliminates the need to use pesticides that present health and environmental risks; allows for hyper-local food systems.