The use of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers for crop production is called conventional farming. Farmers use convectional farming system to grow large quantity crops such as rice, grains, and genetically modified crops. Hydroponic farming utilizes chemicals and liquid fertilizers to facilitate plant growth. While consumers prefer hydroponic vegetables and fruits, food scarcity remains an agricultural problem. Conventional farming utilizes pesticides and other land requirements to facilitate crop yield.


However, pest and plant diseases continue to plague conventional farming. The choice of farming system is affected by harvest, taste, and health status. Thus, harvest yields, seasonality, control, cost, and maintenance influences consumer demand (Baker & Ako, 2009). Hydroponic farming is very expensive (Bright Farms Inc., 2013).

The inputs required to produce a hectare of crop conventionally may be doubled for hydroponic farming. A major advantage of hydroponic farming involves plant isolation from land requirements (Circle A Farms, 2013). While health nutritionists debate the effects and benefits of the two farming systems, we will analyze their benefits based on agricultural yield.

Hydroponic vs. Conventional, Friends or Foes?
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