Sustainable Urban Agriculture
In the future our habits towards the environment we live in definitely will change. Because of the fact that more and more people will live in fast growing cities, ways need to be found that living in such cities will become as efficient as possible. The question I can’t get out of my head is the following: ‘’where do we need to start changing our habits at a small scale so these immense cities will actually be sustainable?’’
There is a growing business in hydroponics and aquaponics. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil and is an ancient method in agriculture. Small water farms in a household are getting possible now because of modernised techniques, which use plastics that can be designed in decorative ways. Now there are already at least 10 High Schools That Teach Hydroponics and Aquaponics as Sustainable Urban Agriculture so the importance of it is noticed by a more influential mass like local authorities and schools. The educational part is new and important for fast growing cities.
What is cool about hydroponics?
Hydroponics is a very old initiative but it can now lead to a movement: sustainable hydroculture. People can grow their own healthy crops in their living room, balcony or rooftop. This is already happening but not in a large scale. If this happens the appearance of a city will change. Personalisation is an important aspect by determining the setup of your own hydroponic garden. People will move to cities to learn new skills and abilities (Triumph of the City) after they already learned to optimize their living environment.
How it will emerge in the future
Sustainable Urban Agriculture is already an initiative that is getting more well known by a bigger mass. Hydroponics and aquaponics are educated in schools now. If more schools will teach such things that are beneficial for a more sustainable environment, students will take this knowledge with them if they buy their first apartment. In this way the regular households will change into more with crops and agriculture filled ones what leads to better sustainable cities.