1.1 Definition and scope of study
Hydroponics refers to the activity of growing plants "above ground" on a base of "neutral" and "inert" substrate (clay balls, rock wool...). Even if, strictly speaking, hydroponics designates a particular form of above-ground cultivation, it is often assimilated to the whole range of techniques of above-ground agriculture . From variants of hydroponics have been developing in recent years: aeroponics, aquaponics and bioponics. Among the main outlets for hydroponics, we find mainly horticulture and the cultivation of certain types of vegetables and fruit.
Hydroponics has numerous advantages as it provides solutions to the world's water shortages but also to the problems of pollution and land erosion. Since it does not require access to land, it also has interesting applications in urban agriculture The growth of vertical urban farms is a major factor in this trend. In addition, hydroponic systems provide a higher output traditional farming techniques, especially since the right nutrients are delivered directly to the roots of the plants. In addition, hydroponics generally does not require the use of artificial ripening agents and pesticides, which can help create nutritionally superior plant products.
Because of the high capital cost of hydroponics, the crops produced are often sold at higher prices, and so far have tended to focus on niche markets . Many hopes are placed in hydroponics, some see it as a technique likely to revolutionize tomorrow's agriculture.... Overall, the market for hydroponics is fragmented at the global level, many start-ups of agritech entering the market, such as AeroFarm (USA) or InFarm (Germany)
In France, hydroponics is increasingly being used in urban agriculture: the start-up For example, Agricool raised $25 million in 2018 to industrialize a hydroponic production system and thus inaugurated its first Ubraine farm in La Courneuve in February 2020. Some fruit and vegetable producers also see this as an opportunity 70 to 90% of tomatoes would be produced by hydroponics in France today
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Publicado en 27/10/2021 by Celia Duremberg - MANUPRO
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