Hydroponics vs. Other Cultures
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Pest control in greenhouse hydroponics is over 90 percent by biological agents. Other cultures using artificial media, as well as true hydroponics, are usually included in the term "soilless culture," The growing of plants using substrates, or media, other than soil. The chapter argues that greenhouse hydroponic culture is almost organic. Hydroponics has become a key factor in "controlled environment agriculture". In many areas of the world such as Mexico, Central and South America, where human diseases like dysentery and cholera spread by contaminated water used in irrigating crops, hydroponic culture is becoming the method of choice for providing safe, clean vegetables. Organic nutrient formulations are available for hydroponics, but they are lacking in several elements, which will have to be added from other fertilizers, and they may be too costly for larger, commercial greenhouses. Hydroponically grown products are recognized as having superior flavour and high quality, free of pesticides and disease-causing organisms.