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Gardening: 'tis not an activity for the freshly manicured nor those who prefer to remain smudge-free. It's dirty work, you dig?
But, what if you could take the soil out of the gardening? In the case of hydroponics, you can do just that. You don't have to worry about getting your hands dirty because there is no dirt; mineral-rich water supplies all the essential nutrients that the plant would have typically absorbed from the soil.
From rooftops to parking lots, hydroponic systems are taking root - particularly in urban areas strapped for green pastures. "It's the farming of the future," according to PodPonics founder and CEO Matt Liotta, whose hydroponic growing systems utilize used shipping containers to grow produce.
Five Reasons to Eat Hydroponic Produce: Matt Liotta
For example, PodPonics was the only lettuce available at Atlanta retail partners such as Savi Urban Market, Candler Park Market and Market Across the Street during last week’s winter weather. We had fresh produce harvested and ready to deliver the short distance from our pods’ in-town location."
2. Reduces energy waste in production
3. Minimal environmental impact
In addition, we use recyclable containers for our pods that can be stacked for urban use - making empty parking lots into progressive farms. This reduces land use and allows us to produce pretty much anywhere, including idle land in urban areas. Our closed-cycle irrigation system requires far less water than traditional agriculture and results in no fertilizer runoff, which contaminates groundwater and harms aquatic life.
Finally, our integrated pest control approach uses no pesticides, resulting not only in pesticide-free, clean produce but also eliminated runoff of harmful pesticides into groundwater and streams."
4. Sold and served within hours of picking
By distributing production and placing it at or near the point of consumption, we also offer economic stimulus by creating local jobs and significant investment, while keeping food dollars within the community, instead of sending them outside the United States."
5. Grown at or near the point of consumption
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