Aeroponic Farming Is The Way Of The FUTURE… But What Does It MEAN!?

Welcome back to Down on the Farm, today on the channel we are going to check out why Aeroponic Farming Is the Agricultural Wave of the Future. Derived from the Greek word for air, aeroponic farming is similar in many ways to other soilless growing techniques like hydroponics. Yet, while this method still relies on a nutrient-rich delivery system, aeroponics is unique for its ability to grow faster, more plentifully, and using less water than many other growing methods. But what makes aeroponics so special, in the first place? And how does it actually work?

What is aeroponic farming? In short, aeroponic farming is the growing of fruits and vegetables without necessitating the need for soil. According to Living Greens Farm, aeroponic farming was first developed for academic purposes in the 1920s. Without soil, students were able to properly examine root growth in real-time. Meanwhile, NASA saw the potential in this new growing method, and by the late ’90s, NASA had begun using it as a way for growing food in space — a locale that is notoriously bereft of soil. Not many advances have been made since those days, mind you, but as we continue to degrade the huge swaths of previously fertile soil and attempt to feed the world’s 8 billion people, aeroponic farming is beginning to get a bit more attention. How does aeroponic farming work? Aeroponic farming works by delivering nutrients to plants not via soil but via a nutrient-rich mist, distributed to the roots via a pre-programmed mister. Instead of using a growing medium, as you would within a hydroponic setup, roots grown in aeroponic systems are left floating in midair. According to Modern Farmer, however, the seeds for plants grown in aeroponic systems still need to germinate and sprout in a growing medium before being transferred. Finish this video to know more why Aeroponic Farming Is the Agricultural Wave of the Future.

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Aeroponic Farming Is The Way Of The FUTURE… But What Does It MEAN!?

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  • Eric haskell

    Cost/benefit analysis: high entrance costs, high operation costs vs. great inner city demand, willingness to pay premium prices. Not likely to ever replace thousands of square miles of farmland growing corn, soy beans, etc. In general forests are doing just fine. In New England, as an example, was once denuded due to the demand for lumber, once other packaging technologies appeared, forests recovered.