Eco-greenhouses: how to reduce environmental impact

Hydroponic cultivation:
an answer to drought and climate change

Our time is tragically being traversed by a series of climate changes that affect the entire ecosystem.

One of the consequences that has become dramatically evident in recent weeks is drought. The very low rainfall that has affected Europe in recent months has so reduced water supplies that we now face an emergency situation.

In agriculture, to respond to the drought, hydroponic cultivation is one of the best solutions we have.

Here's everything you need to know.

Drought: the damage for farmers and growers

In the agricultural sector, drought is causing enormous damage.

Many territories have been declared at risk of desertification, and it is a situation that spans the whole of Europe. Field crops have suffered an average decrease in production yields of about 15 percent: wheat first but also corn, rice and other cereals, vegetables and fruit.

The drought has consequences that also affect livestock: dry pastures and lack of forage are also putting a strain on animals.

Worst of all, this situation looks set to last for years to come. Being a direct consequence of climate change, it is likely that the drought will become constant. Hydroponic cultivation, in this context, assumes enormous importance.

Hydroponic agriculture: what it is and why it can help

For several years, hydroponic agriculture has been the best answer to the challenge posed by drought and climate change.

It is a highly sustainable farming method that minimizes the consumption of soil and especially water.

Let's see in detail how it works.

Hydroponic cultivation: experience and artisanfer greenhouses

Artigianfer has always put a lot of effort into the development and design of eco-greenhouses, including, of course, hydroponic greenhouses. Each of our projects is customized in size, structure and systems, but the focus on sustainability and efficiency is always utmost.

Our most relevant work in the field of hydroponic greenhouses is definitely Sfera, the largest hydroponic greenhouse in Italy. It is a high-tech building: 13 hectares of installation near Grosseto, where efficient and innovative hi-tech systems ensure a constant production of vegetables, saving about 90 percent of water compared to a traditional cultivation. 

A project that will be the first of many other greenhouses designed for hydroponics cultivation around the world.

Hydroponic greenhouses: choose the right solution for you

After making Sfera, we designed other solutions of different sizes to meet the needs of any farmer and grower. We can make tailor-made projects, starting from the smallest solutions of 1,000 or 2,000 square meters to extra-large hydroponic greenhouses, even larger than 10,000 square meters.

If you want to learn more about Artigianfer's solutions, check out our dedicated page.