GROWN is a project that promotes sustainable ways to allow everybody to grow food at home. According to WWF, agriculture is the largest industry in the world, employing over one billion people and generating over one trillion dollars’ worth of food annually. Nevertheless intensive agriculture or intensive farming is one of the biggest threats to the environment and to those who are living it.

Here is a list of the major issue connected with agriculture:

1. Climate change

2. Deforestation

3. Genetic engineering

4. Irrigation

5. Pollutants

6. Soil degradation

7. Waste

In addition to these environmental risks there is a wide range of diseases connected with a bad alimentation. Cancer is one of them: according to recent studies, with a good alimentation we can decrease the risk of getting cancer of about 30% (cite).

Growing our own food, in a sustainable way, is a good strategy for mitigating these risks and both improving our health while reducing negative environmental impact.

Growing our own food is something that everybody can do. It does not need particular efforts or funds and has positive impacts on the environment, our health and our pockets, indeed it is cheaper and has a better quality than the food you buy at the supermarket.

There are many ways to grow your own food, we have listed a few of them:

Hydroponic:

If you give a plant exactly what it needs, when it needs it, in the amount that it needs, the plant will be as healthy as is genetically possible. With hydroponics this is an easy task; in soil it is far more difficult.Screenshot 2015-11-25 15.55.03

With hydroponics the plants are grown in an inert growing medium and a perfectly balanced, pH adjusted nutrient solution is delivered to the roots in a highly soluble form. This allows the plant to uptake its food with very little effort as opposed to soil where the roots must search out the nutrients and extract them.

If you grow two genetically identical plants using soil for one and hydroponics for the other, you will almost immediately see the difference this factor makes. Faster, better growth and much greater yields are just some of the many reasons that hydroponics is being adapted around the world

Aquaponic:

Aquaponic is the mixture of two words: Aquaculture and Hydroponics

Screenshot 2015-11-25 15.54.29It uses about 90% less water than a conventional dirt garden where the water can ruff and the plants grow up to 50% faster. Furthermore any water not used by the plants returns to the tank containing the fish.

Aquaponics does not rely on the availability of good soil, so it can be set up anywhere, including inner city parking lots, abandoned warehouses, schools, restaurants, home basements and garages.

Swissponic:

Swissponic is a smart technology, that allows you to grow your own food in a city environment through modern techniques and technologies such as hydroponics, LED lights and smart control.

Everything you need is a fully automated „box“ that allows to grow food at home, by using your smartphone to monitor and control the grow environment.

An electronically controlled environment gives plants the best conditions to thrive, reducing or even eliminating the need for harmful pesticides/herbicides. For further information visit http://swissponic.ch/

GROWN – Grow your own food project is still in elaboration, stay tuned!