In the last 200 years, the world’s population has risen by over 700% from 1 billion to more than 7 billion people. While the advances in technology have been at par in terms of speed with the population growth, our access to natural resources which fuel our world remains limited. This means that there are now more people using the same amount of natural resources leading to a situation where the current rate at which humans consume resources and produce waste is unsustainable.
Our extreme burn rate of natural resources poses the question of Ecological sustainability. In short, ecological sustainability is all about looking towards the future, taking into account ways of satisfying the needs of the present generation, without hindering future generations from being able to meet their needs.
We have to address the stark reality that we are on a path to exhaust all our natural resources, leaving nothing but polluted water and infertile soil for future generations.
While steps have been taken to implement a plan of sustainable development which is a trade-off between meeting our current requirements without compromising the ability of future generations to achieve their developmental needs, the population explosion simply doesn’t allow for existing technology to create an appropriate combination that will fulfil both necessities.
The need of the hour is innovation which is both viable and easily scalable to quickly create an ecosphere where our most precious resources are not compromised. Reducing our ecological footprint will ensure that we do not create hostile climate change due greenhouse gas emissions, prevent pollution combined with excessive waste and most importantly stop soil degradation leaving behind land masses for the generation to come, which are fertile and hospitable for growth.
Hydroponics a great option for sustainable development
Hydroponics continues to evolve in the agricultural space, but it ticks all the right boxes when it comes to ensuring ecological sustainability. For starters, Hydroponics is a viable form of farming; in fact it can be extremely profitable as well when compared to traditional methods of growing crops considering the limited resources it uses. Scalability is also not an issue with Hydroponics, as several countries in the world have seen the rise of Hydroponic farms in a short period of time.
So how exactly does Hydroponics reduce ecological footprint? The answer to the question lies in the various benefits of the system. It uses 90% less water than traditional agriculture hence conserving the world’s most important resource from depletion. As Hydroponics is the method of growing plants in water without the use of soil and chemical fertilizers, it prevents the soil from degradation, reserving valuable top soil for plants that cannot be hydroponically grown.
Hydroponics also reduces waste as this form of farming is safeguarded against crop failures while yielding 14 harvests a year. Wastage of human resources can be too eliminated as minimal labor is involved.
Pegasus Agriculture Group, one of the leading pioneers of Hydroponic farming in the Middle East and North Africa region mentions in its mission statement how it strives to innovate on a continuous basis, helping build a sustainable supply chain of locally grown fresh produce, while at the same time protecting the interests of the coming generations.
Pegasus Agriculture continues to lead the countries of the MENA region in technologically advanced farming practices, helping countries to attain food security and ecological sustainability.