The federal government says that as many as 25 million Americans live in food deserts. That is to say, those residents don’t have ready access to fresh produce, many don’t even live within a reasonable distance from a grocery store.
Food deserts plague many of our urban markets and hydroponics has been identified as a possible solution, at least in part, to solve the food crisis that is expanding its impact in the US.
If neighborhoods in urban markets or even rural areas could use hydroponic systems to grow nutritious greens and herbs then why don’t we see more of them in use? Hydroponic systems are uniquely versatile so why not install them in more places?
We asked ourselves the same question and tried to identify all the places where hydroponic towers could be deployed to produce fresh produce year round.
Unique Places Where We’d Like to See Hydroponics
- On the outside wall of buildings in the downtown core
- On every kitchen wall in homes within the community
- In the waiting area of restaurants
- On the walls of every school cafeteria
- At gates in airports, salads on the go!
- On hospital grounds, supplying patients and their families
- On rooftops in city neighborhoods
- In the produce section of grocery stores
- Lining a wall of every convenience store
- In the classrooms of preschools and afterschool programs
The brutal facts are that too many Americans lack access to good, locally produced, nutrient dense food. Food related illness is at epidemic proportions. And our current educational system does little to prepare our children in a manner that ensures that they will be able to make healthy choices as they grow. If we don’t take an interest then who else will?
Where would you like to see hydroponics used for food production in your community?