Hydroponics Startup Looking To Decentralize The Food Supply Chain

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In 2016, it's estimated that the global hydroponic market was worth more than $230 million.

It's anticipated that the global market will surpass $395 million by 2020. Though there are some estimates that place the market value much higher, suggesting that it could reach more than $13 billion by 2025.

The hydroponics approach is expected to keep on growing because it provides farmers with more control over the growing process.

Not only that, but it also provides a host of benefits such as using less water, taking up less space, and helping to protect against pests, producing higher yields than traditional methods, and so on. However, some critics of the method suggest that the produce is inferior to traditional methods as far as quality and nutrients because of the way that it's grown.

The global hydroponics market is expected to grow over 6.4 percent over the next decade.

A number of different crops are able to be grown with hydroponic growing methods and they are things like cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, strawberries, and more.

Right now, Europe is said to have the largest hydroponics market, making up roughly 36.44 percent.

They are followed by the Asia Pacific region that makes the 2nd largest market in terms of revenue. Following in 3rd place is the North American market and although they might be 3rd right now, they've got the fastest growing market.

There are a variety of companies already in this space and a great deal of different hydroponic growing projects that are taking place around the world. You've got dozens of crops being grown with this method in greenhouses, in shipping containers, in backyards, and a variety of different growing spaces.

One entrepreneur who is interested in this growing method, Jonathan Partlow, spent about 5 years working on his design for a hydroponic growing system that would help to decentralize the food supply chain. He wanted to provide people with a growing medium and something that could easily work in a variety of different spaces both big and small.

Eventually, he came up with Aggressively Organic.

This company offers pint sized hydroponics that make it easy for people to have fresh and quality produce available right in the convenience of their own home. Partlow came up with the micro growth system you can see below.

The growing system consists of a glueless corrugated box that has a plastic liner, coco coir disc, and comes with some nutrient solution mix.

They've already shipped these mini growing systems to some farmers in a beta group and they are also looking to use the product to provide humanitarian relief to areas that are struggling with food insecurity.

One of their recent humanitarian efforts included working to get the Aggressively Organic mini growing systems to Puerto Rico. For that effort they've set up a crowdfunding page to try and raise funds (trying to raise about $500k) to bring about 50,000 systems to the island.

With their mini design, the plan is for you to cut and take the produce when you need it.

You harvest whenever you are hungry, and when you've got dozens of different ones growing at one time it makes preparing a decent snack or meal fairly easy. Vegetables and herbs grown could be harvested within 21- 60 days; depending on what you're growing.

Partlow says that this growing method can produce lettuce using only an eighth to a quarter-gallon of water, compared to traditional growing methods which might use 3 gallons or more when trying to grow a head of lettuce. And the Micro Growth Systems are expected to retail for around $20 US and the only thing the user needs to provide is light and water.

At the moment their patent is still pending and the product is still in manufacturing, those interested can sign up on their site to try and become a beta grower.

Their system claims to be able to grow more lettuce in a 10 x 10 room than a traditional organic farm might be able to grow with a half acre of land.

Aggressively Organic is based in Indiana and they hope with their business that they'll be able to bring more than 200 jobs to the area by 2021.

Pics:
Pixabay
via GreenandVibrant.com
Twitter/Aggressively Organic

Sources:
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171206006224/en/Global-Hydroponics-Market-Report-2017-2023-Market-expected
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/hydroponics-market-2020-forecasts-168-cagr-with-hvac-holding-largest-share-569069051.html
http://www.freshplaza.com/article/186162/Aggressively-Organic-relief-packages-helping-Puerto-Rico-regrow-after-Hurricane-Maria
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160811005565/en/Global-Hydroponics-Market-2015-2020---Market-anticipated
https://aggressivelyorganic.com/
http://www.gardencentermag.com/article/pint-size-hydroponics/
https://www.scalarmarketresearch.com/market-reports/hydroponics-market
http://www.freshplaza.com/article/186162/Aggressively-Organic-relief-packages-helping-Puerto-Rico-regrow-after-Hurricane-Maria
https://humanityproject.com/projects/aggressively-organic-relief-for-puerto-rico/
http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/story/37020852/fishers-ag-startup-launches-campaign-for-puerto-rico

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I love this hydroponics approach to farming its great for the farmers ! and its a win Win all around , as farmers are becoming a dying breed ! Great post as always @doitvoluntarily ! upped and resteemed ! will be back to also upvote and resteeem in my @momskitchen blog !! I love it , just rushed today my friend ! STEEM ON ! 👌👍✌💕😀

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Had one of these in my last home :)

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What are hydrophones? I seem not to comprehend please, I'm in Steemit to also learn. Thanks

more and more countries are adopting this planting methodology, those who have tried do not change for anything, it is more hygienic, organic, and also you can plant many plants in spacious areas, depending on the height of the plant can be exceeded in ten times to traditional sowing.
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Great post. I love hydroponics and aquaponics.

Marijuana is the future of medicine. Great article! Just followed you and resteemed!

Glad to see the hydroponics becoming bigger and bigger. We are looking into it now to set up a small scale strawberry growing system. Great post as always!

VERY INTERESTING INDEED!
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interesting awesome post am new to this how possible

@doitvoluntarily The food is almost completely centralized, meaning that it's being controlled by a handful of multinational corporations that have power on pretty much every aspect of production. Often, these corporations do not work in the best interests of consumers and society, but are only profit driven. Although there is enough food for everybody (at least currently), food is not evenly distributed

The need and demand for good safe food is growing and creating a giant market for those that can look at the opportunities that are popping up for all of us. I do hope more people follow the lead here and learn.

In the early 1970's we had a small cattle ranch with 100+ head. We bought a small hydroponics unit and grew wheat, barley and oat grass. I remember packing the trays to the feeder and how the cows LOVED it. The unit was set on a 7 day cycle so we had fresh grass everyday for at least some of the herd that were with calf. Thank you for the link to all the additional articles of info, hope this really catches on! Resteemed!

@team-solutions #team-solutions may find this is a great article providing a solution that may interest those looking for better ways.

Very interesting. I have not heard of hydroponic planting/farming. It sounds like it is a good idea, no weeds, less water usage, less space, no pesticides etc. I don't know if I'm convinced though till I try the food to see if it has any taste. It sounds pretty good if it does provide us with all the plant/food benefits (nutrients) like it should.

Thanks @doitivolutarily for sharing this interesting info.

It sounds pretty good if it does provide us with all the plant/food benefits (nutrients) like it should.

I find it odd that we don't know this for certain. It shouldn't be all that hard to find out, right? Take a bunch of regular produce and a bunch of hydroponic produce, compare nutrients. (Then again, I'm neither a nutritionist nor a scientist, so I have no idea how to actually measure nutrients. Perhaps it's not such an exact science as I assume.)

Yes, I guess it's not that easy to test it out, but I guess just by the smell and taste, size and color we could probably tell a lot.

As long as the nutrients are available to the plant it will be nutritious. The plants will need non chlorinated water and nutrients. I question the nutritional value of big agro because their farming method deplete the land

This is an awesome approach to mitigating food shortage cause by a fast growing global population. It is also environmental friendly, using less water, zero soil and fewer pesticides. This revolutionary method will also free up farm land for other uses. Thank you for this informative and well researched article!

Very interesting. We've done aquaponics in the past.

“In the past” Does that mean you aren’t doing it anymore?

intersting post...you r doin great mannn.....keep it up

Well seeing as how small of a space the Aggressively Organic hydroponics take up I think it is going to blow up soon enough!

Indeed intriguing article and concept. Thanks for sharing.

Nice post! I just started to follow :)

No weeds?! That’s the only reason I’d need to give it a try.

Upped and resteemed as well as promised !👌👍✌💕😀

Hydroponics is becoming more and more popular. Growing vegetables in a controlled environment..great post!

Excellent article. I really like to see posts that are well referenced like this one.

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I've seen and heard a lot of really good things about hydroponics but I haven't ever heard anyone say what the 'waste' is from growing hydroponics. There's always something that can't be recycled and must be thrown out, it's kind of like 'conservation of energy' - you always have a little lost that can't be used.

This could easily be the very best way to go but I'd kind of like to know what problems there are yet to solve before I get totally thrilled and forget to ask (yeah, I do that)!

Great article!🌼
I've always loved hydros and have been experimenting with them for years. They definitely have their place and I think that one of the best features is the water management feature which allows very small input without inhibiting the growth.💦

Would be great to have non-toxic water for that. My reverse osmosis can only do small amounts.

A number of different crops are able to be grown with hydroponic growing methods and they are things like cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, strawberries, and more.


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