- Compared to conventional farms, hydroponic farms can produce six times as much food per acre, use 80 percent less water, and significantly reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides (source).
- Instead of growing in the ground, the crops on hydroponic farms – often planted vertically – grow in a nutrient solution. While in many cases it is not technically “organic,” it provides the same minerals that plants absorb in soil. As the roots are fed directly, however, the hydroponic system is much more efficient. Having precise control over growing conditions not only greatly reduces the amount of resources a plant needs to grow, but also promotes healthier plants and faster growth.
- As hydroponic farms require fewer resources, including fertilizer and pesticides, there is far less nitrogen and chemical contamination. This results in a healthier environment and cleaner produce. Soil-less farming also means that most pests and all soil-borne diseases are eliminated.