Hydroponic vertical farming

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Country (invented in): 
USA
Year Invented: 
2009
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Valcent Products Inc.,
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As a sustainable living supporter and promoter, if you have been dying to get your green thumbs into local farming to produce salads, herbs, and vegetable, then you can start doing that relatively easily with the equipment provided by one of the companies based out of El Paso, Texas. The company has recently started developing and marketing equipment that will help farmers to produce fresh vegetables and herbs very close to the community they will be consumed in and at 5% of the average water consumed by the existing farming methods.

 

As a sustainable living supporter and promoter, if you have been dying to get your green thumbs into local farming to produce salads, herbs, and vegetable, then you can start doing that relatively easily with the equipment provided by one of the companies based out of El Paso, Texas. The company has recently started developing and marketing equipment that will help farmers to produce fresh vegetables and herbs very close to the community they will be consumed in and at 5% of the average water consumed by the existing farming methods.

 

It provides PVC based equipment that is easy to stack up leading to vertical farming, has ability  to rotate the stacks on a regular basis so that the plants at all levels in the stack get even exposure to the light, and has water circulating through the entire stack leading to very efficient use of water and nutrients used for farming. The result is a super efficient hydroponic vertical farming systems that will produce 10 fold greater produce in the same amount of real estate, while using significantly lower amounts of water.

 

As the equipment for hydroponic vertical farming is designed to be installed within green houses, it allows you to farm with minimal use of pesticides as you can control the environment relatively well to not let pests get into the farming houses, and because the water is circulated through out the closed-loop hydroponic system, there is no waste in terms of water or the nutrients that are added to it. In regular farming, lot of the water and nutrients are lost to the dirt around the plants. But with a hydroponic vertical farming system, there is significant scale and size that makes is economically feasible to install filters to take out toxins from the water regularly, and fertilizers that are added to the water all fully utilized by the plants leading to minimal wastage.

 

 Added to all this, take into account the fact that the hydroponic vertical farming system, can produce these vegetables in local communities where they will be consumed. That means, very little energy is needed to deliver the produce to the local grocery stores leading to a very low carbon footprint in multiple levels. In the not too distant future, as we begin to colonize other planets, this might be the preferred way to grow produce and establish self sustaining communities on Earth and other worlds!

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