Hydroponics are a great alternative to conventional gardening if you are low on space or live in a difficult climate for growing food, but could it also be the answer to end world hunger?
According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, more than ten percent of people lack sufficient food to live a healthy life. With aggravating factors, such as climate change, these numbers are expected to grow. The main reason is because harsh weather patterns negatively impact growing food through the conventional gardening method, which required a controlled environment.
Luckily, hydroponics can be grown anywhere, including an indoor controlled environment. Hydroponics also use up sixty percent of the water that conventional gardening requires. This is a modest solution for world hunger in regions where resources such as land and water are scarce.
Food supplied by hydroponics can be continuous when compared to regular gardening, as conventional gardening produces more challenges and limitations. Certain plants thrive during certain seasons then die off when the weather gets too extreme. Hydroponics eliminate that issue all together.
India is one of the countries plagued by world hunger. The population is high and living space is low. Hydroponics can help alleviate the need for additional farming space to grow food and lower the cost because it requires little space and less labor once it is set up.
The majority of people experiencing world hunger reside in Africa, where resources like water can be scarce. Since hydroponics produce more nutrient rich food with fewer resources, it makes sense that it is part of the solution to end world hunger.