ORGANIC HYDROPONICS

It has been proven that hydroponics, at least the one carried out on a commercial level, does not function as a totally inorganic process.

Even so, nowadays this technology is established, and by using it, we develop plants in much shorter periods, obtaining better crops, with superior quality to those produced though traditional agricultural systems.

Such an affirmation is not one that most of us would like to hear as flattery, but a simple fact and scientifical truth.

In any event, sooner or later, any and all scientist or educator dealing with agricultural, chemical or biological technologies,  will have to accept these facts.

In order to prepare the nutrient solution for conventional hydroponic systems, we use industrially produced mineral salts with extremely high levels of purity and solubility.

We also use water with a high purity level, not only chemical, but also biological.

Unfortunately many farmers who want to start working with hydroponics do not have easy access to such products.

And how would already established hydroponic producers cope  with a sudden or gradual interruption in the materials they need?

Such situations are not unheard of and may occur during natural catastrophes or wars, when specialized chemical industries could suffer interruptions in their production lines.

Even so, in such extreme occurrences, we affirm that it is possible for hydroponic farmers to establish new operations and/or continue their activities.

Our affirmation is based on the knowledge that we have today on the relationship between certain bacteria with plants, within hydroponic systems.

This relashionship is being researched and is called Bioponics.

Bioponics involves a collection of practical knowledges and experiments of various dedicated hydroponic practitioners and scientists, that not only foresaw difficulties like those we pointed out, but also considered defending many echosystems with the objective of maintaining their natural equilibrium while at the same time generating a profit.

In Bioponics, we integrate also the study of various systems to produce more nutricious food, always using natural processes and products.

Thus, from these researches, there have emerged two new hydroponic technologies or systems, called Aquaponics, and Geo-Hydroponics or Geoponics.

The original studies in the area of Bioponics, led us to the practice of Aquaponics and Geo-Hydroponics, and from these has evolved the practice of Organic Hydroponics.

What is Organic Hydroponics?

In terms of their mechanical operation, Organic Hydroponic systems present no difference in relation to common inorganic systems, as they are based on the six basic systems we have already described in these pages.

The difference lies in the nutrient solution.

This, instead of being prepared based on industrialized mineral salts, is made from animal excrements and animal or vegetable residues, biodigested in special equipments called Biofilters and Biodigesters.

The Biofilters, by means of biological processes, convert waters polluted with fish excrements, into a solution of diluted and ionized salts, that can be used as a nutrient solution in hydroponic systems.

From Biodigesters, we get the Biofertilizer, and from this, we can prepare a nutrient solution.

Organic Hydroponics, differs radically from Organic Agriculture as we know it.

First, because it is a hydroponic system, and thus, uses no soil, and second, because we can produce high quality plants with a high degree of sanitation.

One of the most important characteristics of organic hydroponics, is that it provides us the opportunity to build closed ecological systems, where all used elements are recycled, and so, causing no degradation to the surrounding environment.

At the same time, we are disposing of waste products from other agricultural processes, reducing pollution of the environment

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