There are many advantages of hydroponic gardening. The technology available today in soilless growing makes agriculture a more efficient process than we currently have in soil-based food production. One of the terms that’s often used to describe hydroponics is “closed-loop” food production system.
Here are some of the elements of hydroponic technology which make it a closed-loop food production system:
1. Water Reuse
Water is held in a reservoir and recirculated through pumps to continuously deliver a steady stream of nutrient solution to the plant’s roots. This means that less water is consumed and wasted.
2. Light Proofing
Using horticultural lights efficiently with the boost from ballasts and reflectors can not only provide the necessary growth requirement but can also provide heat benefits. A controlled environment mitigates heat and energy loss, and adds a dual purpose to the required grow lights.
3. Indoor Air Control
In an air-sealed growing room, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and Co2 generators work together to recirculate the indoor air and adjust it to the right level for perfect plant growth. Proper control and monitoring means that the right air quality is always achievable with limited energy waste.
Learn more about the benefits of hydroponics as a closed-loop food production system here.