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The Importance of a Regenerative Food System

September 11, 2020
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To grow food, we need soil. Even with modern technology enabling systems like hydroponics to grow crops, humanity needs soil to produce enough food for the global population. Unfortunately, many modern farming techniques have destroyed soil or depleted it. One sobering report warns that all topsoil could be gone in the next 60 years if agriculture continues as normal.

A regenerative food system focuses on feeding humanity without depleting the Earth. It is a holistic systems approach, stressing the importance of finding solutions that address problems collectively.

There is no single definition of regenerative agriculture, but most people agree that regenerative farming includes things such as no-till farming, cover crops, perennial and native plants, integrated livestock and crop diversity. Building a regenerative food system is vital to feeding humanity while also repairing damaged ecosystems. In the face of climate change, a regenerative food system will create resiliency by localizing economies, sequestering carbon and building greater food security.

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Are Hydroponics Healthy Compared to Regular Crops?

September 9, 2020
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Hydroponically grown lettuce has claimed a spot next to the organic variety in the grocery store, causing consumers to wonder which is healthier. When comparing hydroponic produce to regular soil-grown crops, it depends. Numerous scientific studies have reached varying conclusions, some showing hydroponic tomatoes have more vitamin C and others concluding they are lower in antioxidants. 

Are hydroponics healthy? While the jury is still out, there are a few factors that can help consumers decide which growing type they prefer. Whether hydroponics or regular crops are healthier remains inconclusive, but there are ways to determine which growing method contributes to the overall health of the plant. By identifying the factors outlined below, we can compare the health benefits of hydroponics to those of conventional produce.

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The Pros and Cons of Aeroponics

September 4, 2020
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A crop that uses an aeroponic method relies on mist and air to grow rather than soil. It’s an inventive way to avoid aggregates that traditional agriculture methods require. Each plant receives nutrient-rich moisture through a spritz to its roots. This practice allows growers to create a flexible, mobile garden wherever they please.

Do you want to learn more about this eco-friendly alternative? Take a look at the pros and cons of aeroponics.

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Top Pros and Cons of Aquaponics

September 2, 2020
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Aquaponics is a hydroponics system that utilizes aquaculture to grow plants. Aquaculture, also known as fish farming, allows farmers to breed and harvest both fresh and saltwater species with controlled conditions. In aquaponic systems, fish waste is converted into nutrients for vegetables using bacteria. The entire process is environmentally friendly, saves water and creates no waste.

However, despite the many benefits of aquaponics, there are some drawbacks to this type of farming. For example, water quality must be regularly checked, as any pollution can cause serious problems for the entire fish or shellfish population. Secondly, the initial set-up costs of an aquaponics system can be cost-prohibitive for many small-scale growers. Despite these negatives, aquaponics remains a sustainable option for growing food in the face of climate change. Here are the top pros and cons of aquaponics.

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10 Environmental Benefits of Hydroponics

August 31, 2020
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Did you know there’s more than one way to grow plants? The traditional agriculture method calls for soil, water and sun — but it’s possible to cultivate a garden without that first component. A hydroponic crop doesn’t use land to supply plants with their nutrients. Instead, it feeds them with nutrient-enriched water through their roots. As a result, it’s more sustainable than popular conventional techniques. Here are 10 environmental benefits of hydroponics.

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What Are the Pros and Cons of Hydroponics?

August 28, 2020
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Hydroponics is a type of aquaculture that uses nutrients and water to grow plants without soil. It is an increasingly popular growing method in urban areas and regions with extreme climates. There are many benefits to hydroponics as an alternative form of agriculture, including fewer chemicals, higher yields and greater water efficiency. 

However, hydroponics is not a perfect solution. The initial setup is expensive, and the whole growing system is heavily dependent on access to electricity and a clean water source. Here are just a few pros and cons of hydroponics.

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Climate-Friendly Gardening in 10 Easy Steps

August 10, 2020
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Growing your own food is great for the environment and your health, but not all gardening practices are eco-friendly. With climate change, we need to make sure we leave the world better than we found it. Unfortunately, many gardeners use pesticides to manage weeds and carbon-intensive machinery to prepare their soil.

If you want to improve your gardening habits and decrease your carbon footprint, there are a few steps you can take. Here is a guide to climate-friendly gardening in 10 easy steps.

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The Rise of the Homesteading Lifestyle Among Millennials

August 3, 2020
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A growing number of young people are returning to the land. The appeal of the homesteading lifestyle has attracted millennials to live differently, growing their own food and living a bit lighter on the earth. 

Even as a generation raised in a technology-focused time, these young people are seeking out ways to live more connected to their environment. The motivation behind seeking a more agrarian lifestyle seems to be rooted in two things — living more authentically and environmental sustainability. 

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What Is Sustainable Farming and Can It Save Our World?

July 22, 2020
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Sustainable farming seeks to preserve and improve the environment, ensure human health and grow food for the growing global population. There are many philosophies and methods contained within this practice, and it can be tricky to choose one definition. In general, sustainable agriculture looks to improve growing practices so that land does not degrade at the expense of crop cultivation. 

With the rising threat of climate change, sustainable farming is an essential consideration to save our world and strengthen our resilience in the future.

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Does Organic Farming Matter? 10 Pros and Cons of Organic Farming

July 18, 2020
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Consumers are increasingly seeking out organic food, primarily produce. In the last few years, the demand for organically grown food has skyrocketed. Growing food organically means cultivating crops without the use of synthetic chemicals or fertilizers. Yet why does this matter? Does it make a difference for human health, rural economies or the environment? 

Here are 10 organic farming pros and cons.

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