Horticulture as the answer to water scarcity
When water scarcity is a growing problem, horticulture may have the answer. By using stone wool growing media together with advanced irrigation technology, growers in the Netherlands are halving the volume of water they need in vegetable cultivation.
By 2050 the world’s population will need twice as much food as it does today. But our resources, especially water, will be increasingly constrained. According to a 2016 study1, the use of stone wool precision growing media in a greenhouse rather than soil to grow vegetables can produce higher yields with significantly less water. The key is precision. In soil, not all the water reaches the root zone where it’s needed and this can quickly lead to excessive irrigation.