The Future of Farming
The agricultural industry is the United States’ largest consumer of water, accounting for 80% of the nation’s consumable water usage. Today, that number is more relevant than ever, as 18.8% of the lower 48 U.S. states are currently experiencing drought conditions. Water is an incredibly valuable national resource, and should be given the attention that it deserves.
Research has shown that conventional field agriculture is an inefficient and polluting means of using water to grow our food. Therefore, when we think about how we can address issues surrounding crop cultivation and water conservation, we should be looking towards solutions like Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) and hydroponics, which can use less than 1% of the water that conventional farming methods do.
The Problems with Conventional Agriculture and Water Conservation
To explain why CEA and its component technologies (vertical farming, hydroponics, aeroponics) are viable solutions to our water usage problems, it is important to understand the issues found within conventional farming systems. At the foundation, this inefficiency stems from poor management of irrigation systems and ground soil, as well as from the crops’ exposure to unregulated environmental conditions.
Controlled Environment Agriculture and Water Sustainability
When CEA methods of food production are compared to those used in conventional agriculture, it’s easy to see some clear-cut differences in water usage.
CEA is a regulated, engineered manner of optimizing growing conditions for plants, and therefore it utilizes much less water overall. This reduction in resource requirements is attributable to environmentally-friendly technology solutions, which function cooperatively to revolutionize the ways that we grow our food. These solutions are: Hydroponics as a Water Conservation and Recycling Technology, Soil-less Growth Mediums, and Regulated Growing Climates.
Ultimately, CEA is designed to control and address the environmental and resource problems that are often present and compounded within conventional agriculture. Therefore, when compared, a well operated CEA system will utilize water much more efficiently than a conventional farm will.
Why Choose CEA Farming for Water Conservation?
Fundamentally, responsible CEA operations have the ability to prevent the health and environmental issues attributable to conventional farming’s water pollution. CEA growers can regulate the factors that would normally promote pest, weed, and blight growth, which nullifies the need to apply harsh chemicals in order to ensure high yields. Therefore, CEA systems are some of our best current methods for growing food that are also beneficial for overall water sustainability.
FreshBox Farms is glad to say that it grows all of its produce in its Controlled Environment Agriculture facility, which uses 99% less water than traditional agriculture. Our growing operations use no harmful, dangerous chemicals, and emit no polluting waste or runoff, meaning that you can feel comfortable with your water-footprint when purchasing your lettuce products from us. Sustainable, pure, and healthy agriculture. FreshBox Farms is changing the way we farm: reducing our ecological footprint; shortening distances from production to consumption – providing people with fresher, healthier, tastier produce. To read the full article, click here.
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