Author: Emily Folk

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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

Can the commercial fishing industry learn to operate as a sustainable business?

Commercial fishing has received a great deal of negative press in recent years, and for good reason. Overfishing has significantly affected marine life, hurt vulnerable populations and damaged sensitive ecosystems. However, proactive improvements can turn commercial fishing into a sustainable industry that does not harm the environment. By Emily Folk Fish serves as a nutritious […]

August 25th

Top 10 eco-friendly pest management strategies for your home garden

A sustainable home garden can be an enjoyable and educational way to connect with nature. You’ll learn about several different green topics, like how to compost food scraps and save various seeds. There’s a downside, though — pests. How do you keep these critters away from your plot without any environmental implications? By Emily Folk […]

August 22nd

Top 10 environmental non-profits to watch in 2020

In the face of climate change, environmental nonprofits are committed to making the world a greener, cleaner place. How do you know which ones are really doing the work, though? By Emily Folk Unfortunately, many organizations green-wash their corporate social responsibility, claiming to be making a difference without really doing much. Luckily, there are plenty of environmental […]

August 16th