Pesticides in Farming: Current Day Implications & Needed Changes

Pesticides is an umbrella term for a multitude of chemicals like herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides that helps farmers control pests and weeds. In agriculture, herbicides make up 80% of all pesticide use. Pesticides allow farmers to protect their crops from pests that could potentially carry diseases. However, these chemicals also have many disadvantages as they […]

Vertical Farming in Urban Cities

Farming in urban environments was previously thought to be impossible. However, thanks to new innovative farming methods, urban agriculture is quickly becoming viable. Techniques like vertical farming make urban agriculture an option for those who wish to expand into the world of farming within cities. But what is vertical farming, exactly? Vertical farming is “the […]

Aeroponics 101

Aeroponics is one of the newest methods of growing plants, and it is perfect for small spaces. Whether you’re a gardening enthusiast at home or at a large company, aeroponics is a surefire method to grow a variety of crops that are consistent in both quality and yield. Recently, NASA reported that aeroponics, especially Fogponics […]

Hydroponics 101

Hydroponics is an innovative method of farming that involves growing plants without the use of soil. It is applicable in cities, rural areas, and anywhere in between. While some setups can be quite large, smaller, personal kits are available for those who want to try their hand in growing vegetables of their own. Hydroponics is […]

Impacts of Traditional Farming on Oil

The current system for growing and supplying food to people in every country is largely dependent on fuel and transportation. This may prove inconvenient as there is no logical doubt that fossil fuels will become less affordable as this, clearly finite, resource depletes. If our current methods continue agriculture around the globe will become less […]

Impacts of Traditional Farming on Land

Agriculture is the most critical industry in the world, whether it be vegetation or livestock farming. Agriculture’s is clearly necessary to feed the ever-growing global population. However, while there is no doubt that humans need farms to produce food, the environmental toll of traditional agriculture is growing more apparent. In the 18th century, roughly 7% […]

Impacts of Fertilizers and Pesticides in Traditional Farming

Traditional farming is gradually shifting from conventional methods to incorporate environmentally conscious tactics that also produce safer products for consumers. However, there are still several parts of this practice that many farmers deem necessary. One of these is the continued use of fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals which have some of the most far-reaching damaging […]

Impact of Traditional Farming on Water

In 2016, U.S. farms consumed enough water to account for nearly 80% of the country’s water consumption.[1] While it may seem obvious that the agricultural sector would be the number one water consumer, our resource may not have stretched as far as we once imagined. A 2015 study showed that traditional farming’s water usage is […]

Innovative Farming Technology: Controlled Environment Agriculture

Controlled environment agriculture, or CEA, is an innovative farming method that applies technology toward food production. CEA intends to provide the most protection and offer the best growing conditions for plants from planting to harvest. Growing in greenhouses or other enclosed structures makes it ideal for urban farming and using abandoned buildings as grow houses.[1] […]

Starting Your Own Greenhouse

Greenhouses are a cornerstone in innovative farming technology, though currently, global greenhouses only account for .6% of total vegetable production. Perhaps you’re interested in starting one of your own. As the interest in self-sustainable and innovative farming grows, it’s becoming easier and easier to start a greenhouse of your very own. There are many kits […]