Climate change can also affect the price of foods. Less than ideal growing conditions require more water and fertilizers and everything else that a successful farm needs. The more equipment and ingredients needed to produce food-grade crops will increase the costs of production. This in turn will cause food prices to go up.
The severe storms across the globe also hinder the actual delivery of food to areas that cannot produce enough or any. This will also drive up the costs of food because of delays and fuel prices.
Through hydroponics, even though there are some possibly higher upfront costs, money can be saved in the long run. Because it’s a closed system, the nutrients don’t escape, which means less fertilizer is required (only about a quarter or so than regular farming requires). Less fertilizers, less equipment, and less land required will all help to keep production costs down, which in turn will keep food costs down.
The fact that hydroponics can be grown almost anywhere, also means there would be less reliance on food delivery. Less food delivery means that bad weather won’t hamper food supplies. It also means that less fuel is required, which is also something that would cause constant increase in food prices. Also, less fuel being used will directly help battle climate change because the use/reliance on fossil fuels over the decades has significantly contributed to climate change.
Almost any crop can be grown hydroponically. So we’re not limited to region-specific crops. There is more variety and more choices for more people. The plants also develop faster and produce larger yields. They can also be grown year round, regardless of weather or land quality or available space. More crops (at a higher quality and with less chemicals) means more food for an ever-increasing population. It also means more food for livestock and chickens and etc. This also helps to provide more food for all of us.
In the end, it may very well be too late to actually save our planet or to reverse the horrific effects of climate change, but that doesn’t mean we need to give up or let millions and millions of people eventually starve because of it. Hydroponics won’t save the world, but they might save our lives and extend the lifespan of the world for as long as possible.
Also, hydroponics will at least make a significant dent in the damage we continue to do to our planet. Just because we might not be able to reverse all the negative effects of climate change, it doesn’t mean we have to keep adding to the negativity. Providing ample, quality food for as many people as possible in as many areas as possible, cutting back on the reliance and usage of water, fossil fuels, pesticides, and etc. in the production of our foods, and requiring less land for more food is a giant step in trying to finally allow some parts of our Earth to heal properly. Then, maybe, if we’re lucky, the Earth won’t feel the need to be so defensive towards us like we’re a parasite sucking it dry. Maybe there can finally be a bit of harmony between the planet and the planet dwellers.