Climate change will affect the costs of production for our crops but hydroponics may be the answer. Having to grow the same crops in conditions that are going to change to less than ideal will require more water and more fertilizer. Poor weather will also make it more difficult to transport the food to where it’s needed. All this will drive up the cost to the consumer. A move towards hydroponics could alleviate this. Despite higher initial costs it is a closed system which will not waste nutrients and therefore be cheaper in the long run. Also the ability to do hydroponics almost anywhere means the food can be grown close to where it is needed which cuts down on transportation costs. Hydroponics can not only alleviate the inevitable impact of climate change but also lessen the negative effects from current crop production.
- Climate change will likely mean that food grown traditionally will cost more.
- Hydroponic growing might cost more to set up, but will eventually save money through reusing water, using less fertilizer, and more.
- Hydroponics can also grow any food anywhere, meaning that food will no longer be seasonal or local only.
“The fact that hydroponics can be grown almost anywhere, also means there would be less reliance on food delivery. Less food delivery means that bad weather won’t hamper food supplies.”