Author: Emily Folk

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Top 10 Stories of 2020: #1 Is Coca Cola helping the environment? Or hurting?

We’re running down the 10 most-viewed stories of the past year at Red GREEN and Blue. Here’s #2, which originally ran on June 2nd… Throughout the world, massive corporations make substantial contributions to climate change. But as of late, many businesses have started to incorporate green initiatives. From Toyota Motors to Unilever — which owns brands […]

January 1st

Top 10 Stories of 2020: #2 Solar roadways fail despite big investments

We’re running down the 10 most-viewed stories of the past year at Red GREEN and Blue. Here’s #2, which originally ran on June 15… When experts first proposed the concept of solar roadways, it seemed like a great idea. With access to so much existing infrastructure, adding solar panels to roads appeared like an easy solution. […]

January 1st

Top 10 Stories of 2020: #3 Is food grown hydroponically as healthy as soil-grown crops?

We’re running down the 10 most-viewed stories of the past year at Red GREEN and Blue. Here’s #3, which originally ran on September 20…  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 […]

January 1st

What are plastic bags made of? How oil becomes your grocery bag.

They’re everywhere. People use them for almost any task that requires a bag. You probably even have a collection inside a random kitchen cabinet. However, do you know which processes and components make up plastic bags? Although many consumers aren’t aware, it’s essential to learn about plastic’s detrimental side effects. By Emily Folk What are […]

September 26th

The importance of a regenerative food system

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 […]

September 23rd

Is food grown hydroponically as healthy as soil-grown crops?

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 […]

September 20th

Aeroponics vs hydroponics – which one is healthier for the planet?

Hydroponics and aeroponics are both examples of soil-less growing methods and require cultivating crops in a climate-controlled environment. Hydroponics requires a growing medium, such as perlite, coconut husks or gravel, and deliver a nutrient solution to crops through water. Aeroponics, which is sometimes considered a type of hydroponics, cultivates plants without a growing medium. Most […]

September 19th

The importance of a regenerative food system for sustainable agriculture

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 […]

September 12th

What’s aquaponics, and how could it help sustainable farming?

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 […]

September 5th

Hydroponics, part 2: Top 10 environmental benefits of growing food without dirt

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 […]

September 1st

Hydroponics part 1: Growing the food we need without dirt

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. By Emily Folk […]

August 29th